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Five-Star Friday – and one local TV news dud
Kudos for a couple of journalism gems this week. Sarah Kliff’s piece on Vox, “Do no harm” There’s an infection hospitals can nearly always prevent. Why don’t they? Peter Whoriskey’s story in the Washington Post, “Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises.” Ivan Oransky’s MedPage Today blog post, “A Retracted […]9
MD gets direct mail about screening – says she “can’t stand this anymore” a la Howard Beale
Hanna Bloomfield, MD, MPH, is Associate Chief of Staff, Research for the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. She usually writes scholarly articles. But when she recently got a piece of direct mail urging her to pursue cardiovascular screening she felt she didn’t need, she decided to write a commentary in the local newspaper. The Star Tribune published her piece, “Don’t be […]5 3/19/2015
Nick Bilton blames readers for not knowing who Joseph Mercola is
The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has an excellent post up about the fear-mongering cancer story that I wrote about yesterday. She acknowledges that the coverage on this story was lacking in many ways. She also notes that Nick Bilton […]5 3/18/2015
Why is the New York Times turning to Joseph Mercola as an expert on cancer risk?
The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. Alert reader Bahar Gholipour (@Alterwired on Twitter) pointed us to a story appearing in today’s New York Times Style section about the potential cancer risks posed by wearable technology such as the new Apple Watch. With Gary out of the office […]1 2/17/2015
Sensational language – scary & fawning – in USNWR story on Cologuard colon cancer test
Earlier this month, US News & World Report published a story, “Meet Cologuard: The Colon Cancer Test You Can Take At Home.” It profiles a man who had what is described as a “gruesome” experience from a colonoscopy 35 years ago – so bad “that he vowed never to have another screening test for colorectal […]3/11/2014
“Simple” blood test to predict if you’ll be alive in 5 years? Please….
The obsession that some in journalism have with “simple” blood tests – the unquestioning “test for everything” mentality that shines through in so many stories – is, itself, bloodcurdling. Yesterday we wrote about how CNN stated that an Alzheimer’s test had “astonishing accuracy” – when another solid news story reported that “the accuracy fell short […]2/25/2014
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 1/9/2014
Saying No to “Know Your Numbers” campaigns
“Know Your Numbers” campaigns can serve a useful purpose. But they can also be guilty of non-evidence-based fear-mongering. They can fuel obsessions with numbers that fully-informed people might just as soon not know anything about. There can be harm living our lives worrying about numbers, test results – making ourselves sick when we are, in […]6 12/26/2012
3rd annual year-ender on health care PR crap we receive
I’ve been too nice the past two years, calling my year-enders “PR puffery” or “PR stuff.” The stuff I’m writing about here is pure crap. So we’re calling it that. This annual series is about the bombardment of news releases sent to journalists who are trying to decide what is vital information for readers, viewers […]10/26/2012
Does “CBS Cares” care about evidence-based screening recommendations?
We break from Pink Month for a moment to turn to prostates. CBS certainly is – with several spots in its “CBS Cares” campaign. If CBS cares so much, perhaps it could introduce some shared decision-making messages into its campaign instead of its imbalanced, heavy-handed, non-evidence-based promotion of prostate cancer screening. A friend who admits […]10/13/2011
Gary Schwitzer, publisher & founder of HealthNewsReview.org
Gary Schwitzer has specialized in health care journalism in his 46-year career in radio, television, interactive multimedia and the Internet. He is publisher of HealthNewsReview.org, once leading a team that grew to 50 people who: evaluated and graded daily health news reporting by major U.S. news organizations. evaluated and graded health care news releases from many sources – government […]6
Tips for analyzing studies, medical evidence and health care claims
To back up our goal of improving the public dialogue about health care interventions, we offer these tips for analyzing studies and health care claims and interventions, aimed at helping both journalists and consumers. We also offer writing tips for health care journalists that touch upon some of these issues. Absolute vs. relative risk Animal […]10/7/2011
Accolades for HealthNewsReview.org
In 2016, our work was included in the initial “Rodale 100” list “honoring trailblazers positively impacting lives around the world.” In both 2016 and 2015, we were named as finalists for the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Digital Media Award. From the American Medical Writers Association – 2014. Presented “to distinguished leaders who have […]9/6/2011
Criticisms of CNN’s “The Last Heart Attack”
The following is a guest blog post by Marilyn Mann, a securities lawyer who became interested in medical research while researching treatment options for her teenage daughter, who has heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disease that causes very high LDL-cholesterol. She blogs at http://marilynmann.wordpress.com/. ———————————————————————— “Oh no he didn’t.” That was my first reaction when, […]6/13/2011
Men’s Health Week should improve decision-making aspects of its campaign
This week has been proclaimed International Men’s Health Week – the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. And it’s part of what’s more broadly been proclaimed by some as Men’s Health Month. The campaign offers a variety of men’s health “materials” – including the squeezy prostate stress ball pictured at left – if […]