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Release suggests diet helps kidney disease patients ‘live longer.’ But an association study alone can’t prove that
The study’s findings deserved more explanation in this release, especially concerning the health stages of the patient volunteers, the length of the trials and other key details.
Healthy Diet May Help Kidney Disease Patients Live Longer
Health fear-mongering: Could our news be making us sicker?
You’ve just finished reading a news story about a common food ingredient that researchers now believe may increase your risk of cancer — maybe the type of cancer that a close relative died from a few years ago. You’ve got chest pain. Your heart is racing. You feel nauseous and you’re sweating. The overriding feeling […]1
A banner week for CDA (Celebrity Disease Awareness)
Let’s face it, there’s no more efficient way to draw public attention to the state of our eyes, prostates and vaginas than fostering celebrity disease awareness–that is, the use of smart, good-looking and famous people who can be persuasive and very believable when they take on a health cause. One of the first questions […]5
Cancer Miracle Mongering by City of Hope
The following guest post is by William M. London, a professor of public health at Cal State LA , associate editor of Consumer Health Digest, and a consultant to the Committee on Skeptical Inquiry. Bill brought this post, which originally appeared in Skeptical Inquirer magazine, to our attention because he knew that we listed “miracle” as one of the “seven […]
Release on aneurysm preventative morphs from fear-mongering to dubious claim
A scary opener followed by bold claims followed by just one number adds up to a very misleading release.
Taking cholesterol medication before aneurysm repair improves outcomes
Incomplete, fear-mongering message from NBC’s “diet may kill prostate cancer survivors”
This story tries too hard to generate interest in a study on diet and prostate cancer recurrence. And the coverage is incomplete.
Average U.S. Diet May Kill Prostate Cancer Survivors
Thyroid cancer: “not an epidemic of disease but an epidemic of diagnosis”
A paper in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, “Current Thyroid Cancer Trends in the United States,” addresses overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer. The authors report a tripling of incidence over the past 40 years, but a stable death rate. The authors write that nearly all of the increase was in less aggressive […]4 12/4/2013
Seth Mnookin says Katie Couric is fear-mongering on HPV vaccine
Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, and blogging under that same title, writes, “Katie Couric promotes dangerous fear mongering with show on the HPV vaccine.” Excerpt: On July 10, 2012, I received an email from a producer at Katie, Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, about a show the program was planning on vaccines. Here was […]9/15/2011
Sour apples in land of Oz as FDA rips his apple juice fear-mongering
MedPage Today reports: Mehmet Oz, MD, the Columbia University thoracic surgeon who gained fame first in books and more recently with his syndicated television show, has run afoul of the Food and Drug Administration with his report about levels of arsenic in popular brands of apple juice. The FDA called the report “irresponsible and misleading” […]9/2/2011
Food fear-mongering by “The Doctors”
“Trust me, you’re going to be shocked….we all should be a little bit afraid.” That’s how “The Doctors” TV show teases one of its programs, along with this: “Each year, millions of chemicals are poured into American foods. From doughnuts to fresh produce, The Doctors reveals the toxic ingredients lurking in your grocery bag. And, […]10/27/2010
Drug company settles case complaining of prostate cancer fear-mongering
Duff Wilson of the New York Times reports: The German drug giant Bayer on Tuesday settled complaints by three states that it had deceptively used the fear of prostate cancer to sell One A Day vitamins without proof the pills could prevent prostate cancer. The settlement, announced by the states and the advocacy group Center […]2 6/16/2010
My opinion: feds' ads fuel fear-mongering about screening tests
First, let me emphasize that I believe that the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was well-intentioned with its new “just in time for Father’s Day” ad campaign, described by the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Landro, who reports: “A darkly humorous ad campaign being launched this week aims to tackle the serious issue […]
Guardian jumps to conclusions about an Alzheimer’s study that hasn’t even begun
The story’s headline states: “Virtual reality to help detect early risk of Alzheimer’s.” That is misleading. The researchers haven’t even recruited study participants yet, much less conducted the study or analyzed the results.
Virtual reality to help detect early risk of Alzheimer’s
In story on experimental contraceptive gel, Reuters lets drug company control the narrative
This leaves both investors and lay audiences without enough information to evaluate how useful the new product will be, should it pass muster with the FDA.
Evofem's birth control gel meets main study goal; shares rise
‘Millions’ with bipolar disorder could be helped by probiotics? Release pushes pure speculation
While probiotics have been a popular focus of research in recent years, the claim that they could help millions with bipolar disease is unwarranted.