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Chicago Sun-Times' imprudent prostate campaign
I am continuing my criticism of journalists and news organizations that crusade for screening tests – seemingly oblivious to the controversies and the debates that swirl around many of these screening tests. When a news organization takes an advocacy stance for a controversial cause, it should know the facts and the facts are that some […]6 4/8/2007
CNN's one-sided view of mammography controversy
CNN’s House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta once again showed its one-sided, pro-screening bias this weekend. Excerpt: We’re starting with a change in what’s been standard medical advice for a long time. For years, women over 40 have been told they need routine mammograms. Now the American College of Physicians says women with no risk […]4/1/2007
Journalism or advocacy? Evidence or opinion?
I’ve written a new Publisher’s Note on HealthNewsReview.org, and I’m posting part of it here. Stories about Elizabeth Edwards’ breast cancer and Tony Snow’s colon cancer have led some news organizations to offer recommendations about cancer screening. Unfortunately, some of the recommendations are simply not based on evidence. On the NBC Today show on March […]3/7/2007
New Mayo study questions value of lung cancer CT scans
The screen-at-all-costs mentality takes an intellectual hit with the publication of a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The conclusions of those authors: “Screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT may increase the rate of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, but may not meaningfully reduce the risk of advanced lung cancer […]11/16/2006
Comparing Different Media on the Same Story
We’re making a new effort to compare coverage by different news organizations on the same story. For journalists and for consumers, we think this comparison will be interesting and insightful. For example, we’ve posted reviews of six stories by six different news organizations (three print, three broadcast) on a study published in the New England […]10/23/2006
Are U.S. breasts different?
My friend Andrew Holtz asked journalists on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ listserv, “Why did this week’s Cochrane review examining the balance of risks and benefits of mammography get widespread coverage in the UK, but almost no mention in the US news media? Of the two dozen stories picked up in a Google News […]3/16/2006
Crusading for colon cancer without evidence
Katie Couric and the NBC Today Show are at it again, with a weeklong series entitled “Confronting Colon Cancer,” and a subtheme of “The Fight For More Screening.” I heard today’s segment and do not yet have access to a transcript. But what I heard was a confusing jumble of recommendations – some of which […]8/10/2005
Need facts, not emotion, in disease awareness campaigns
Suddenly lung cancer is a hot topic in newsrooms. Peter Jenning dies one day. The next day Christopher Reeve’s widow announces she has lung cancer. So it is understandable that some well-intentioned “disease awareness” efforts would come forward. But journalists should employ facts and full disclosure when giving attention to such disease awareness campaigns. (The […]