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For both health care and health care journalism, there’s something missing in the middle
In 2015, a few months before I started working at HealthNewsReview.org, Cosmopolitan magazine published my article, “Why are so many American women dying in childbirth?” Tired of women getting blamed for the problem, I used my personal story to explore the fissures in U.S. maternal health care: At the hospital where I gave birth, and […]2
5 categories of quality web content for you to explore when we cease daily publication
Many of you have asked by email or on Twitter, “Where do we turn for help after you go away?” First, we’re not disappearing on January 1, 2019, and the site won’t go dark. I’ll keep it alive for at least three years. And I hope to add new content periodically by hiring freelancers or writing […]
Podcast: Our team reflects on what we’ve learned
After over 12 years of scrutinizing medical news to help improve the public dialogue on health care, HealthNewsReview.org closes up shop at the end of 2018.
In this podcast, the seven members of the staff take a look back and share what they’ve learned from the experience.7
With funding scarce, HealthNewsReview.org hurtles toward closure
The following post is written by Michael Schulson and was originally published on Undark. We are reposting it with permission because we think it does an excellent job of summarizing what HealthNewsReview.org does, what many health care journalists thought about our work, and why our work will be missed when we close at the end […]
FDA approves new marijuana-derived drug, but was the evidence solid? Washington Post doesn’t say
The FDA has come under increasing criticism for approving risky drugs without much evidence they work, making it vital that journalists scrutinize approvals.
First marijuana-derived drug approved, will target severe epilepsy
2017 year-ender: What I’ve learned from reading health news every morning
Each morning, I scan 26 news sites for stories that report on some claim of a health benefit by a specific intervention. I then compile a list of said stories, and email them to the HealthNewsReview.org team. By the end of this year, I may hit 1,000 articles. As a health care reporter, I have […]2
2017 journalism report card from HealthNewsReview.org
This year-end report card from HealthNewsReview.org is for those of you who love numbers. We have now systematically reviewed nearly 2,500 news stories, nearly 500 PR news releases, and published more than 2,600 blog posts. This blog post will focus on the performance of the news organizations we reviewed in 2017. Of the 10 criteria […]
2017 year-ender: Major themes from a year’s worth of news release reviews
We’re closing in on our 500th news release review since launching this service in April 2015. What have we learned? We’ve learned that overall, universities, academic medical centers, hospitals, trade groups and industry are committing many of the same mistakes and omitting the same key information they were in 2015 when we started. We’re dedicated […]
A heaping helping of half-baked health headlines: 6 examples
Last week we shared a Thanksgiving edition of our favorite picks in healthcare journalism, as part of our regularly occurring 5-star Friday series. Unfortunately, now we need to turn to 5-star flops, of which there were plenty over the holiday (just like last year). Blame it on the slow Thanksgiving news cycle and/or understaffed newsrooms–whatever […]6
Hospitals and doctors: Is their role in soaring health care costs overlooked?
For most of the year now, the story for health care reporters has been the policy drama of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Meanwhile, apart from drug costs, the business side of health care has generated fewer headlines, although its impact on our nation’s economy and quality of life is arguably just as important. I wanted […]3
Tone deaf again on pharma conflict of interest: STAT piece praising drug reps fails to disclose industry payments
[Editor’s note: The STAT article that’s the subject of this post has now been retracted following our investigation showing that the physician listed as the author did not write the piece, and that the content of the article was initially crafted with the assistance of a public relations firm.] I woke up this morning after a […]
Five-Star Friday (and a few frustrating flops)
Great journalism shouldn’t go unnoticed, which is why we take time every so often to recognize outstanding efforts with our Five-Star Friday feature. In the time-honored (but futile) pursuit of that utopian concept called “balanced journalism,” I have opted to append a few Frustrating Friday Flops to this week’s selection of highlights. If there was […]
My top 3 takeaways from the health news stories we reviewed in 2016
This year, we reviewed nearly 200 health news stories using our 10-criteria system. Reminder: We don’t review every kind of health news story. We only review stories that include claims about interventions: treatments, tests, products or procedures. And we only review stories reported by the set list of news organizations that we review regularly. I joined the team […]
Health care PR in 2016: Who made the grade?
2016 was our first full year evaluating PR news releases that make claims about health care interventions. Ours is the only project that systematically evaluates these documents, which are designed to bring attention to something that the issuing organization thinks is newsworthy — often a new study about a test or treatment. Some — not […]
Ending journalism’s bad trip — why it’s important to communicate responsibly about the health effects of psychedelic drugs
We’ve seen some trippy coverage over the years when it comes to the health effects of psychedelic drugs. I’ll never forget Dr. Manny Alvarez’s Fox News interview with Chris Kilham, the self-proclaimed “Medicine Hunter,” who said he was swallowed by an anaconda while tripping on Amazonian ayahusca. That’s a hallucinatory brew which according to Kilham […]