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Inquirer provides balanced and complete summary of debate over kratom, an herbal opioid
It prioritizes reputable published science over unpublished research commissioned by kratom advocates.
Is kratom a safe herbal remedy or a dangerous opioid?
News stories about kratom, an herbal ‘opioid alternative,’ wrongly prioritize propaganda over science
Wouldn’t it be great if a safe and readily available plant could help curb opioid addiction? That’s the idea being promoted by a group called the American Kratom Association (AKA), which has been campaigning to block a federal ban of the Southeast Asian herb due to safety concerns. The association — which won’t disclose its […]
Tree nuts ‘aid colon cancer survival’? Summary fills in the blanks with assumption, not evidence
This news release asserts that tree nuts can increase overall survival in colon cancer patients — but observational studies like this one are a weak form of evidence.
Nut consumption may aid colon cancer survival
Drinking alcohol key to living past 90? What you need to know
Here’s a recipe for misinformation: Take two topics well known to generate clicks: alcohol and longevity. Find a study that suggests alcohol increases longevity. Fail to mention the study is observational but still emphasize cause-and-effect language in your headline. Here’s what you get: Drinking Alcohol Key to Living Past 90 (NY Daily News) But it […]
Reuters Health story on glaucoma and drinking hot tea skims over study limitations
But the story had several independent sources, and did a good job describing the study’s design.
Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk
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 […]6
5 health care-related podcasts worth tuning into
Over the past decade the number of podcast listeners has tripled. Some would no doubt attribute that to growing numbers of cars and mobile devices. For me the appeal of podcasts has always been the ‘theater of the mind.’ I don’t recall who it was that first dubbed radio the ‘theater of the mind’ (some say […]
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 […]2
Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing
Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value. Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as HealthNewsReview.org has repeatedly found, that essential legwork often doesn’t occur when it comes to patient advocacy groups. Most […]
Caffeine and Parkinson’s: One researcher, two studies, and opposite results. What happens?
In August of 2012, Ronald Postuma, MD, a neurologist from McGill University, performed a study along with several coauthors which suggested that caffeine improves debilitating movement symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease. News coverage was brisk and included major outlets like Reuters, CBS News, Huffington Post, and Fox News (running the Reuters story). Yesterday, Dr. Postuma published […]
Yes, a listicle: 10 times we couldn’t resist writing about health news clickbait
As a self-avowed beer snob, I would be the kind of audience that would surely be lured by the health clickbait proclaiming “Beer hops may protect against liver disease.” After all, when you find something that reinforces your questionable habits, how can you not click on it? That is the essence of clickbait–to write a […]
Health news outlets should practice what they preach
Last week, US News & World Report ran a piece, Medical News: Real or Fake? that cataloged a series of reader-beware items, including internet ads for “miracle cures” and other potentially bogus products. News sites, readers are warned, may carry exaggerated claims and don’t receive the same level of fact-checking as in the good old days. […]2
We are in a crisis of crap health news — this week’s reporting shows why
I can’t remember a week that has featured so much useless reporting about studies that are meaningless to the average reader. All the stories featured clickbait-y diet topics like alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and fiber. All were based on observational studies that can only show associations, not cause-and-effect, and which are prone to drawing conclusions that […]
‘OK to wait’ or ‘Delay at your own risk?’ Headspinning headlines on same colonoscopy study
Headline messages about new studies often present conflicting–even polar opposite–takeaway messages about the research. Consider these clashing messages out yesterday from HealthDay and Reuters Health about the same study: If you drill down into each story you’ll find basically the same description of the results: Waiting up to 10 months after a positive stool test […]1
’30 mins apart’: What one TIMEly tweet captures about today’s health news landscape
Ryan Pauley works at Vox Media and is quite active on social media. When he astutely tweeted this I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: 30 mins apart pic.twitter.com/5ITGTIQqhb — Ryan Pauley (@rypauley) April 9, 2017 It got retweeted by journalist Harriet Brown (@HarrietBrown) with the comment: “This is the problem with so much health journalism.” Brown is […]