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Coffee talk for mice: how not to cover animal research
Almost every day the CBS Early Show puts on light and fluffy “news you can use.” This week they delivered news no one can use yet – because it was in mice. But they never delivered that punchline.
Tiny safety trial prematurely touts ‘clinical benefit’ of cancer vaccine for HER2-positive cancers
This release would have been better had it highlighted the study limitations early on.
New cancer vaccine shows early promise for patients with HER2-positive cancers
5 resolutions for reading and writing about health care in 2018
As the season of New Year’s resolutions rolls around, it’s inevitable: Health and fitness stories will dominate our news feeds in the next few days and weeks. To help both writers and readers of healthcare information, we’ve put together a few resolutions that are handy now–and any time of year: Read–and heed–our 10 newly refurbished criteria […]
No discussion of risks in NPR’s look at brain-zapping implants to treat destructive impulses
But, the story did a good job discussing costs and laying out the study design for readers.
Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?
Zombie health care news
Although I am advancing rapidly into almost complete retirement, there are some days/weeks when I can’t refrain from pointing out some of the troubling health care news I see. This is one such week. First, the COVID zombie news My local Star Tribune newspaper delivered this front page news: University of Minnesota, Mayo report COVID-fighting success […]
It has come to this: ignore vaccines-in-animals drug industry PR & news
Earlier this week, a powerful opinion piece, “It Has Come To This: Ignore the CDC,” co-authored by former National Institutes of Health director Harold Varmus, was published in the New York Times. That’s on the science side. On the PR and journalism side, it has come to this: ignore a lot of the news you […]
News release labeling to combat a global scourge of exaggerated claims
Even with an unfolding pandemic, there’s no shortage of overreaching public relations news releases to mislead the public. Australia’s University of Queensland announced its researchers would deploy “rapid response technology” to develop a coronavirus vaccine “which could be available worldwide in as little as six months.” (Maybe we should wait six months to see if it, […]
5 quick PR tricks to cover up a lack of real health care news
As all researchers know, science is a grinding parade of failure and dead ends. But as we’ve often written, news release writers sometimes seem hell-bent on making the public believe otherwise. Like expert makeup artists, they can add sparkle to lackluster findings, mask blemishes in study designs, and smooth over unimpressive data. One thing I […]
Summary of CRISPR lung cancer research downplays the work that lies ahead
This release needed a strong caution that observations made in tissue samples and mice don’t always translate to human outcomes.
Scientists report CRISPR restores effectiveness of lung cancer treatment
Reflections on a 45-year career and 13 years leading HealthNewsReview.org
In this, our final week of daily publishing as we wind down operations due to a loss of sufficient funding, I want to share some observations after a 45-year career in health care journalism, 13 of which were the pinnacle for me as Publisher of this website. Earlier this year, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “surprise” primary election […]4
It’s time for AAAS and EurekAlert! to crack down on misinformation in PR news releases
Whenever you see a news story that contains imbalanced and inaccurate information about health care, you’d be justified in wondering whether the content originated with a poor-quality PR news release. We’ve been demonstrating how these promotional documents can mislead readers about animal studies, phase 1 research, and minimally invasive surgery — to name just a few of the […]
Newsweek story on Zika vaccine to zap brain cancer is fascinating–but needed more caution about mouse research
The story does express some limitations of the study findings, which we appreciate.
GLIOBLASTOMA: ZIKA VIRUS COULD DESTROY BRAIN CANCER THAT KILLED JOHN MCCAIN
MS patient shines a light on the harms of misleading media messages
For multiple sclerosis patients today, it’s a challenge to keep tabs on all the drug development underway without falling prey to misinformation, explains retired broadcast journalist and MS patient Ed Tobias. “These days, there are so many more treatments to provide a better quality of life than when I was diagnosed,” he explains. “But the […]
A place to tell stories of patient harm from misleading media
Way back in 1992, our founder, Gary Schwitzer, published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled, “The Magical Medical Media Tour.” In it, he concluded: “Failure to take time helps explain how we get familiar stories of quick fixes, magic bullets and daily breakthroughs that feed hysteria and hypochondria, thereby harming, […]
Baby wipes ’cause’ food allergies? What you need to know
Here’s an example of what can happen when a study author makes grandiose claims, a news release unabashedly promotes these claims, and a host of reporters run with it because the topic is popular (food allergies) and the affected group is vulnerable (babies). How baby wipes are making your baby sick (NY Post) Baby wet […]