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Some news from major breast cancer meeting needed more context
Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and is currently serving as President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She co-moderates the #bcsm Twitter group and tweets as @drattai. Every year the San Antonio Breast Cancer […]6
New DCIS study, news release lead to (very) mixed messages: ‘And we wonder why patients get confused’
The following is the first contribution to the blog by Dave Mosher, a deputy editor at Tech Insider who joined the HealthNewsReview.org team of reviewers earlier this year. His writing about science, technology, and innovation has appeared in outlets such as WIRED, Popular Science, and Scientific American. It’s an all-too-common theme in the theater of health news: scientists publish […]
“Low T” and your ticker: generally solid VA release lacked drive on limitations
Well-written in general. But we were looking for a more clear-cut statement regarding what this observational study can and cannot tell us.
Study of 83,000 veterans finds cardiovascular benefits to testosterone replacement
Why did last week’s mammography study get so much news, but the DCIS study didn’t?
Last week, journalists were handed a wonderful opportunity to educate readers about one important part of the dilemma in breast cancer screening recommendations. Most of them blew the chance. Two unrelated papers were published in two different journals. But while the work behind the papers was unrelated – different research teams with a different […]1
Mixed news media messages on “shorter stature may pose higher heart disease risk”
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Genetically Determined Height and Coronary Artery Disease,” has journalists scrambling to find ways to explain the results of this intriguing observational study. But because it’s an observational study, and if you read this blog regularly, you probably know what’s coming next. Association ? causation. So news […]25 3/31/2015
Social media reacts to “Emperor of All Maladies” – Ripples of conversation flow from it
The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, Sally James of Seattle, an active observer of, and participant in, health/medicine/science-related social media. She tweets as @jamesian. —————————— People are talking about the cancer film, “Emperor of Maladies,” produced by Ken Burns for the Public Broadcasting System, PBS. The three part series […]
Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test
Better than a competing story from ABC News. A few additions would have given a more complete picture on a new way to read treadmill tests.
Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test
Squelching rage when reading “Twitter knows when you’re going to have a heart attack”
That was the headline of a UPI.com story that began: “Twitter’s fast pace and knack for promoting public spats can surely raise heart rates and get the proverbial blood boiling, but the platform known for hashtags and half-formed thoughts can also predict heart attacks — or at least rates of heart disease.” It’s a story […]8/19/2014
Yay for a BMJ journal news release for including caveats about an observational study!
I’ve criticized them many times, so now it’s time to salute them. And let’s hope the news release writers for BMJ journals continue this practice. This week, in a news release about a paper in one of the journals published by the BMJ, the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, was this caveat: “This is […]1/24/2014
“Reducing health anxiety by shutting down certain newspapers”
In his weekly journal review on a BMJ blog, Dr. Richard Lehman writes about a study published in the Lancet: This trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for “health anxiety” was an enormous undertaking: “Of 28 991 patients screened, 444 were randomly assigned to receive either adapted cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-HA group, 219 participants) or standard […]
4th annual year-ender on health care PR crap
I don’t think all public relations messages about health care are crap. But most of what I see is. And I can’t stand seeing public relations that may end up hurting the public. The Public Relations Society of America’s code of ethics talks about serving the public good…and “a special obligation to operate ethically.” Hmm. […]1 9/9/2013
When the word “cancer” corrupts thought and action. Labeling hurts. The words matter.
In recent weeks, there have been new calls for new names for some cancer diagnoses – cancer labels – that change peoples’ lives forever. This week in the BMJ, Dr. Barry Kramer, director of the National Cancer Institute’s division of cancer prevention, and two colleagues wrote an editorial, “The word ‘cancer’: how language can corrupt […]4/30/2013
The allure of “Michelle Obama Arms” – Lifting the hype bar on upper arm lift surgery
Fact: the US spends a far greater percentage of the Gross Domestic Product on health care than any other country on earth. Suggestion: trends like the following, and news stories about these trends, may be a big reason why. Caution: You need to sit through a 15-second commercial before seeing the news video, which, itself […]1/2/2013
Columbia Journalism Review cover story on health journalism that “grossly mislead(s) the public”
The CJR cover story is entitled: ” Survival of the wrongest’: How personal-health journalism ignores the fundamental pitfalls baked into all scientific research and serves up a daily diet of unreliable information.” It’s written by David H. Freedman, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a consulting editor at Johns Hopkins Medicine International and at […]
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Protect the Aging Brain
This was the best of three stories we reviewed about a study of omega-3 fatty acids and the aging brain. The difference: a clear and detailed description of the limitations of observational research.