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These prostate cancer screening campaigns are giving men the finger
Fifty years ago, in a golden moment of television comedy shows, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In program regularly featured “The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate” award. Wikipedia says it “recognized actual dubious achievements by public individuals or institutions.” Do a Google search. You’ll quickly see how popular this award became. Yes, I’m dating myself by going […]
5-Star Friday: Give us more!
It’s not hard to fathom why many people think more medicine is better; after all, the word “healthcare” is made up of two principles we typically value and want more of. But we’ve gotten to a point where the medicalization of our lives — and the mega-profits and harms that come with it — are […]
Reader’s Digest goes off the rails with ‘Doctor visits you need to make at every age’
Reader’s Digest proudly touts itself as one of the most trusted media brands. But can its more than 3 million subscribers – and 19.3 million readers – trust its recommendations about which screening tests they need as they move through the decades of their lives? There are a number of recommendations made in its recent […]16
New York Times delivers a one-sided attack on skeptics of a clot-busting drug for stroke
A recent New York Times story decrying limited uptake of a clot-busting drug for stroke pigeonholed skeptics of the treatment as ill-informed “naysayers” while deeming the drug’s boosters to be “experts.” At the same time, the story didn’t acknowledge the heavy hand of industry funding that has influenced discourse about the drug, tissue plasminogen activator […]1
Podcast: Why a health care journalist chose active surveillance for prostate cancer
We have written dozens of stories and reviews on screening for prostate cancer. But once a man is diagnosed he is faced with a complicated — and often intimidating — menu of treatment choices.
5-Star Friday • Informed patients & uninformed President? These journalists nail it!
It’s been a month since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and I’m beginning to think it meant we were in for 6 weeks of great health care journalism (rather than 6 more weeks of winter). Last week was inspiring and this week had more excellent articles than we could write about. So don’t miss the links down at […]
Podcast: Gerd Gigerenzer – systematic misinformation of the public about health care
“Health care should not systematically mislead the public about benefits and about harms.”
With strong, authoritative statements like that, Gerd Gigerenzer grabbed my attention the first time I heard him speak. Yes, his soft-spoken eloquence and Bavarian baritone were engaging. But the hook was his ability to break down seemingly-complex issues about risk and statistics into easy-to-understand nuggets. Nuggets that your brain can chew on easier than the gristle that we are usually fed with stats about risk.
But he also talks about the ethics of what he considers to be systematic misinformation of the public about health care benefits and harms.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 […]2
Predictions for Precision Medicine get an evidence-based reality check
The following guest post is by Dr. Michael Joyner, a medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic. These views are his own. You can follow him on twitter @DrMJoyner. One of the key ideas underpinning “Precision Medicine” is that information about the genetic risks for key diseases can be communicated to patients and cause proactive changes […]1
Is more testing really the way to save American healthcare?
What was the Daily Beast thinking when it gave a big wet kiss to the piece headlined “How to Save American Healthcare” by British journalist Charlotte Lytton, a contributor who asserts that even more technology is the path to cheaper healthcare? Lytton writes: “A new wave of tests and technologies is slowly bringing about the […]1
Birds, hares, and tortoises: What do they have to do with the recent news on cancer screening?
The following guest post is by Richard Hoffman, MD, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. Richard is a long-time story reviewer and frequent contributor to the blog. Wouldn’t it be great if, in 2016 and in the future, we saw more […]1
A patient’s perspective on recent prostate cancer screening news
The following guest post is by Joshua Schneck, a healthcare marketer, patient advocate, journalist and avid cyclist. He is founder and CEO of Snow Communications, a PR and marketing agency that specializes in healthcare. He has written for The New York Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Radio Sweden and other news organizations. The number of […]
Friday gems – in case you missed them
We can’t do a Five Star Friday feature today because we didn’t have any five-star reviews to shine a light on. In fact, this week, after publishing 128 systematic criteria-driven news story reviews so far this year, we gave our first zero-star score of the year to a Washington Post diet story. We don’t like […]1 10/1/2014
My article kicks off 5th Annual Health Literacy Month Blog Series
For the third consecutive year, I’ve contributed to the Health Literacy Month Blog Series. Today, my article, “Media Messages about Screenings and their Role in Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment,” kicks off the 5th annual month-long blog series. Below is a copy of what I wrote: ——————————— Disclaimer: the following is not an anti-screening message. It is, however, […]7/30/2014
Sit back & watch urologists go at it over robotic surgery claims
I’m on vacation this week but I enjoyed sitting back and watching a urology kerfuffle over claims about a robotic surgery study and associated news release. Here’s what the American Urological Association (AUA) tweeted earlier today. The Twitter responses are from a Pittsburgh urologist whose Twitter handle is @daviesbj. There’s a lot going on here, […]