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Could “negative” news coverage of statins lead to thousands of heart attacks and strokes?
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. There’s a study published in the BMJ today that will interest journalists, health care professionals, and other health news observers. The authors report that news coverage questioning the risk-benefit balance of statin drugs was linked to a rise in the number of patients […]3
Active surveillance for prostate cancer: Comments, context and quips on The Times’ front-page coverage
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @klomangino. The New York Times today had a front-page story noting that growing numbers of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are opting for active surveillance of their cancer rather than more aggressive surgery or radiation. Just 10 percent to 15 percent of early-stage prostate cancer patients […]4
Missing in action: Did US journalists miss a huge opportunity to critically examine mental health screening?
Last week a guideline recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, addressed depression screening in the adult population, with a special emphasis on women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. Maybe it was a lonely day in January, but these simple recommendations generated many headlines and […]
5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more
In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem,” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]1
Birds, hares, and tortoises: What do they have to do with the recent news on cancer screening?
The following guest post is by Richard Hoffman, MD, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. Richard is a long-time story reviewer and frequent contributor to the blog. Wouldn’t it be great if, in 2016 and in the future, we saw more […]12/3/2015
Health News Watchdog podcasts
We began producing audio podcasts in August, 2015 because we wanted our users to have the opportunity to hear and to learn directly from a variety of people with different perspectives: expert commentary from physicians and researchers, smart patients reflecting on the impact of media messages, stand-out health care journalists, and other media analyses. The response […]
Employing MRI to find new breast cancers could introduce more uncertainties
This release on findings from a review of breast cancer patient records shows that preoperative MRI scans may reveal additional cancers, but doesn’t note that re-occurrence rates are very low.
Breast MRI after mammography may identify additional aggressive cancers
Do published SPRINT study results live up to premature NIH news release hype?
After the NIH announced preliminary findings from the much anticipated SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) study on managing hypertension in September it received some criticism from the medical community and health journalists for its failure to provide key details about the research. Missing were the evidence, data and the names of the drugs that were […]
5-Star Friday: Texting, “skipping chemo,” rethinking breast cancer treatment, and Planned Parenthood
Five-star Friday is our ongoing effort to recognize excellence in health care journalism — both in the stories that we review on this site and in the larger media landscape. In the former category, we’ve had two recent stories garner five stars from members of our expert review team comprised of both journalists and health […]
Unbalanced news release claims “more men at risk” due to less frequent PSA testing
This news release seems imbalanced to us — it downplays the benefits and emphasizes the potential harms of guidelines that advocate less frequent screening.
More men at risk for prostate cancer as a result of less regular screening
Is it time to digitally re-examine the PSA test?
The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels. A urologist got an opinion piece, “Bring Back Prostate Screening,” published in the New York Times last week. The author writes: “men should not wait for a government agency to tell them what’s best. My own strongest recommendation is that men insist on a baseline PSA test while […]
Strong report questions effectiveness of breast cancer screening — but needed a discussion of study limitations
A capable summary of a study suggesting that increased breast cancer screening doesn’t reduce mortality rates. There were a couple of deficiencies in the coverage.
Here's new evidence that widespread breast cancer screening isn't effective
A “practice-changing” test for DCIS — but does it impact results that matter to patients?
This release focused on how the results of a test changed doctors’ treatment recommendations. It didn’t address whether those revised recommendations would improve outcomes for patients.
Journal of Surgical Oncology Publishes Study Showing Oncotype DX® DCIS Score™ Result Changes Treatment Recommendations in 30 Percent of DCIS Breast Cancer Patients Physicians Ranked Oncotype DX DCIS Score Most Important Factor in Treatment Planning
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 […]
“More accurate than traditional biopsies” and other misinformation about a new prostate cancer test from NY-Presbyterian Hospital
The following is a guest post by Dr. Richard Hoffman, one of our longtime story reviewers and blog contributors. He recently became the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine/Iowa City VA Medical Center. Last week the American College of Physicians published position papers on […]