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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?
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 […]4
Food for mood: A Wall Street Journal article makes bold claims with little evidence
A Wall Street Journal article published last week (‘The Food That Helps Battle Depression‘) had this subheading: “The right kind of diet may give the brain more of what it needs to avoid depression, or even to treat it once it’s begun” It’s a bold claim for which the story provides little in the way […]
ABC downplays gloomy context in reporting ‘remarkable’ BACE1 finding for Alzheimer’s
This story buoyantly reports on a finding that amyloid plaque can be reversed in mice but misses potential harms and an announcement about an aborted BACE1 trial in humans just a day earlier.
Alzheimer's disease reversed in mice, offering hope for humans, new research shows
Headline vs. study: If only health news headlines would …
If only jolts of electricity to my brain could make me less forgetful. If only mice and baby pigs could read; or, at least, learn which oils and infant formulas are good for them. If only headlines — like those we feature below — would stop misleading people. Especially when it comes to common health […]
Announcement on omega-3s suggests without evidence that fish oil prevents, treats breast cancer
The news release offers unwarranted medical advice while omitting any caution about the limitations of using mouse studies to predict human outcomes.