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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 […]3
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 — […]2
“Less is more” theme from breast cancer conference attracts little mainstream news coverage
The last weekend in April the American Society of Breast Surgeons held their 18th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first day of the conference I wrote a blog post simply looking ahead and wondering how reporters would cover the event. What might emerge as a hot topic? Or, perhaps, be neglected? The post-conference […]
Five years wisely: A look at Choosing Wisely’s effort to reduce unnecessary medical care
Do you really need a CT scan for a headache? Or a test for Vitamin D? Maybe not, yet these are a few of the hundreds of examples of medical tests or treatments that are given to patients but may be unnecessary and even possibly harmful, according to the folks behind Choosing Wisely, an initiative that […]12
Is PSA now “OK”? What the task force really said about the evidence on prostate cancer screening
Reading the headlines on the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) update to its prostate cancer screening guidelines, you might come away with the idea that the task force has completely reversed its 2012 recommendation against broad-based prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. But that would be the wrong impression. What the revised guideline does is make a […]
Is it asthma? Many diagnosed with condition receive unnecessary or incorrect treatment
As many as 1 in 3 adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the disease, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Canadian researchers evaluated 613 patients with physician-diagnosed asthma and found that 203 participants (33%) most likely did not have the disease. After an additional 12 months […]
WHO exposes deceptive promotion of industry-supported FRAX osteoporosis screening tool
When the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks people usually listen. As the planet’s premier health policy-making body, the WHO influences healthcare and medical practice around the globe. Their expert committees create reports that underpin guidelines, affecting the health care delivered by practitioners on every continent. When the WHO issues a particularly controversial statement, you’d think […]
As radiologists push for “virtual” colonoscopy coverage, risk of misleading readers is real
The American College of Radiology (ACR), together with the Colon Cancer Alliance and other advocacy groups, want you to know that they’re urging Medicare to cover seniors for “virtual” colonoscopy screening (also known as CT colonography). Virtual colonoscopy is widely touted as an image-guided, less-invasive alternative to the standard colonoscopies that we’re all familiar with. […]2
Mayor: 3-D mammogram saved my life. Our reviewers: wrong message.
A hospital wishing to promote its new 3-D mammography equipment couldn’t ask for much more than this: stories on Fox News, by WSB Atlanta, by WWMT in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the Tulsa World, the Associated Press and Sacramento Bee and Charlotte Observer, the New York Daily News, and more. It all happened because Mayor Gina Nobel of Stillwater, OK, […]5
Could “negative” news coverage of statins lead to thousands of heart attacks and strokes?
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. There’s a study published in the BMJ today that will interest journalists, health care professionals, and other health news observers. The authors report that news coverage questioning the risk-benefit balance of statin drugs was linked to a rise in the number of patients […]3
Active surveillance for prostate cancer: Comments, context and quips on The Times’ front-page coverage
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @klomangino. The New York Times today had a front-page story noting that growing numbers of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are opting for active surveillance of their cancer rather than more aggressive surgery or radiation. Just 10 percent to 15 percent of early-stage prostate cancer patients […]4
Missing in action: Did US journalists miss a huge opportunity to critically examine mental health screening?
Last week a guideline recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, addressed depression screening in the adult population, with a special emphasis on women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Maybe it was a lonely day in January, but these simple recommendations generated many headlines and […]
5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more
In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem,” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]