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21st Century Cures Act: A huge step backward for FDA standards
The following guest post is written by veteran health care journalist Trudy Lieberman. Trudy often writes about consumer safety protections and the media’s role in upholding those protections. In early January Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, the new chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, dropped a big hint to the Associated […]5
Charges that CNN made false claims about Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Nepal
The Global Press Institute reports, “CNN Falsely Claims Dr. Sanjay Gupta Performed Brain Surgery on 8-Year-Old Quake Victim in Nepal.” The heart of the issue is explained here: While covering the medical response to April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, TV neurosurgeon-journalist Sanjay Gupta and his colleagues wrongly reported that he helped perform a craniotomy that […]
Friday gems – in case you missed them
We can’t do a Five Star Friday feature today because we didn’t have any five-star reviews to shine a light on. In fact, this week, after publishing 128 systematic criteria-driven news story reviews so far this year, we gave our first zero-star score of the year to a Washington Post diet story. We don’t like […]6
Criticism of NEJM’s defense of industry-physician relations
The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, Susan Molchan, MD, a psychiatrist in the Washington, DC, area. In the first of a series of pieces, New England of Journal of Medicine national correspondent Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum wrote, “Reconnecting the Dots – Reinterpreting Industry-Physician Relations.” (You really should read this piece […]
More subterfuge on subgroup analysis … this time from a major cancer organization
This news release overreaches in an attempt to find something newsworthy to say about a negative study. It puts promotion ahead of information.
Metformin may lower lung cancer risk in diabetic nonsmokers
Unsupportable ‘cat therapy’ stories score high on cuteness but low on quality, even though many of us probably don’t care….(and have never heard of the word zoonoses)
Alan Cassels is one of our reviewers and a regular contributor to the blog. The Huffington Post recently published a story, “11 Reasons Your Crazy Cat Obsession Makes You Happier And Healthier,” in a section called the “Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power.” Not only was this a bit of a head-scratcher, it seemed little more […]3
HealthNewsReview.org’s 9th anniversary – that almost didn’t happen
Today is the 9th anniversary of HealthNewsReview.org. And, although we didn’t plan it this way, today is the day we introduce our new look, our new design, with some new features. Last year, on our 8th anniversary, I thought the project was dead. But now, with new funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, […]1
What we’ve learned from >3 months of reviewing health care news releases
The following blog post is written by Kevin Lomangino, the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org, who’s had his hand in each of the “practice” reviews of health care news releases that we’ve done since the start of the year. In January, we announced that we’d be adding news releases to our established effort to systematically review […]2 4/3/2015
Smart social media health care comments this week…and then there was Mark Cuban
On his Not Running A Hospital blog, former hospital exec Paul Levy writes: Comments over at @HealthNewsRevu can be as thoughtful as the articles: http://t.co/WEcr8GSGFL — Paul Levy (@Paulflevy) April 3, 2015 Levy’s entire post was a copy of a comment by Dr. Tazia K. Stagg on our site, left in response to Sally James’ […]2 4/2/2015
Salon’s “female viagra is long overdue” piece fell into the disease mongering trap
The following blog post is from one of our regular contributors, Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, a journalist, and author of the books “Seeking Sickness” and “The ABCs of Disease Mongering”. These are his opinions. ———————————— It’s great to see young journalists – all enthusiastic and energetic — weigh […]2/25/2015
Why we look for independent perspectives in health/medicine/science news stories
Fox News this week provides us several prime examples of why we look for independent perspectives with no conflicts of interest in news stories about health care. One story on their website this week is headlined, “3D bioprinting offers minimally invasive surgery options.” While there are several people quoted in the story, all of them […]12 2/20/2015
CBS promotes “essential/critical” screening tests but never mentions over-diagnosis
The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria and the author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease (Greystone, 2012). The opinions are his; you are welcome to your own. —————————- While the Beatles might have famously sang that “All you […]1 2/13/2015
Who funded the research? It’s always an important question.
The following is a guest blog post from one of our contributors, veteran health care journalist Trudy Lieberman. Trudy keeps an eye out for the way in which health care topics are promoted to the public, often with a special focus on how health care policy might be influenced by news and health care communication. ———————— […]
Day Tripping: Benefits Seen in Psychedelics
An initial version of this story had a trippy quote from one of the study researchers. We’re glad that this sensational language and other deficiencies were addressed in subsequent editing. The revised version is much better.
Day Tripping: Benefits Seen in Psychedelics
“Potential biomarker that could predict”? – caveats about psychiatric brain imaging & blogging about it
The following is a guest blog post by Susan Molchan, MD. Dr. Molchan is a psychiatrist in practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She also trained in nuclear medicine and did PET research at the National Institute of Mental Health, and worked as the program director for Biomarkers, Diagnosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease at the National Institute on […]