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Here’s one detail that should be included in almost all stories about cancer screening studies
This is an oversight we see often in news stories reporting on research about new cancer screening tests.
NEW PROSTATE CANCER DNA SPIT TEST DEVELOPED BY SCIENTISTS
5-Star Friday: Celebrating some slow journalism
We’ve just wrapped up a busy week of scrutinizing the news coverage of the world’s largest cancer meeting. In many ways medical meetings symbolize what is functional and dysfunctional about our current health care system. On the plus side, you’ll find a host of incredibly talented and committed providers eager to learn and eager to […]1
A win for readers: coverage of new prostate cancer screening guidelines focuses on shared decision making
When the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a statement recommending against prostate cancer screening in 2012, its guidance was met with often vituperative attacks from professional organizations and advocacy groups. The muted response to new recommendations released this past Tuesday supporting personalized decision making for men 55 to 69 must have come as […]
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s using biomarkers–AP makes it clear that there is no benefit to patients
Still, we would have liked to see comment from an independent source on how this news might be misconstrued, especially by readers worried about their own risk for developing the disease.
New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner
Prostate cancer gene test: WSJ skirts around lack of long-term data
To its credit, the story does discuss the rather expensive costs of the tests and quotes various sources.
Prostate-Cancer Gene Test Helps Patients Decide on Treatment
Marketing misfire on ‘spa-like’ 3D mammograms: Comfort appeal distracts from real concerns on screening, experts say
There’s a reason mammograms are the perfect fodder for female comedians. There is little merriment in having your breast manipulated onto a table and then squeezed between square metal plates. But it does make for a good joke. That 30-second window of discomfort is also a great marketing opportunity. Over the past few months we’ve […]1
Wearable technology to screen for atrial fibrillation: Does it raise more questions than it answers?
When the roughly 52,000-member American College of Cardiology (ACC) meets — as it did this past weekend in Orlando for its 67th Annual Scientific Session — it’s a big deal. Not only does it generate significant media buzz, but some of the studies presented can lead to major changes in how heart disease is diagnosed […]
Could finding more cancer lead us to understand risk factors less?
An opinion piece in last week’s Annals of Internal Medicine argues that just how aggressively we screen for some cancers can actually distort our understanding of the risk factors for a particular cancer, as well as how common we perceive it to be. The authors describe ‘scrutiny-dependent’ cancers — those subtypes of cancers often picked […]2
A pharma sales army aims to increase ‘fibroid awareness’; women’s health experts brace for collateral damage
Women’s health advocates have long battled for wider recognition of the problems caused by fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus that can cause bloating, discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. Getting women to talk about their fibroids has been viewed as a way to break the stigma around the condition and encourage more research and better […]3
A prostate ‘Pep Talk’ is the wrong way to get men thinking about cancer screening
With September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, an industry-affiliated partnership has turned to high-profile former NFL coaches to deliver its prostate cancer screening message. It’s a clever choice: professional coaches are good at getting men to do all kinds of things they might not otherwise want to do, whether it’s extra wind sprints […]
Guardian leaves out a key potential conflict of interest in story on statin study
The story also appears to lean heavily on an Imperial College press release.
Statins cut the risk of heart disease death by 28% among men, study shows
LA Times portrays PSA screening analysis as far more clear-cut and definite than even the authors claim
The headline and lead paragraphs include statements about screening saving lives, without telling readers about key limitations and uncertainties in the new analysis.
PSA screening for prostate cancer saves lives after all, study says
A meta-analysis of treatment statistics is no ‘breakthrough in the treatment of anal cancer’
Readers would have been better served by an acknowledgement that there are weaknesses inherent in meta-analysis of studies.
Specialists make breakthrough in the treatment of anal cancer
3-D mammograms for all: political gimmickry that may harm more women than it helps
At the end of New York State’s legislative session two weeks ago, a bill mandating insurers to pay for tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography, passed the Senate, the last hurdle before reaching the governor’s desk. In truth, the bill had no hurdles. No dissenting votes – not in the Senate or in the Assembly, […]
5-Star Friday: Emotions vs. evidence
Every day we scrutinize media messages about health on this website. We encounter evidence — presumed by many to be logical and impartial — that is packaged, spun, and even altered by forces such as investors, egos, politics, and career concerns. Claims and promises are made. Often with much fanfare. Enter emotions. Those most affected by the evidence — […]