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Four questions to ask when reading or writing about water fluoridation and IQ
Multiple news outlets are covering a new study conducted in Mexico on fluoride exposure during pregnancy and its association with lower childhood IQ. Water fluoridation is common across the U.S. and the potential to stoke unwarranted fear is great. If you are reading or writing about this study, here are four questions you should be […]2
Clueless on healthcare: here’s how we can get smarter
Medpage Today sent me a video this week that triggered a stream of consciousness about health literacy … or illiteracy. Here’s my chain of thoughts, not a scientific approach by any means, but more of my trip down a sobering rabbit hole which ends with this question: How much of the health information that journalists […]1
High drug costs (and stock values) take center stage at final day of ASCO
For the past few days we’ve been keeping a close eye on the news coverage coming out of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s largest cancer research conference: Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017 6 things to keep in mind if you read cancer-related news in […]
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 […]
Blood thinners may prevent dementia in atrial fibrillation patients–or they may not
The story reminds readers that the study conclusions are “preliminary,” an important cautionary note, but then leads with rather strong causal statement.
Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients
Medical center needed more balance in messages about lung cancer screening initiative
Low-dose CT used in the screening program could have a high false-positive rate of more than 27 percent. That’s a harm that should have been addressed.
Free lung-cancer screening in the Augusta area finds more than double the cancer rate of previous screenings
Can these 10 foods really ‘cut risk of early death’? NPR overstates the evidence
Despite cautioning readers about some of the limits of observational studies, this story makes many claims that observational data just can’t support.
Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Here are 6 prevention recommendations that confuse association with causation
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which the American Institute of Cancer Research is marking with a news release headlined “6 Steps to Prevent Nearly Half of Colorectal Cancer Cases.” The recommendations are said to be “research-based” but that term appears to be used loosely. Here’s why. What’s wrong with issuing sensible lifestyle recommendations? The […]
A randomized trial of rectal cancer treatment strategies is newsworthy, so why leave out numbers backing the claims?
Data on the benefits of the various rectal cancer treatments studied would have helped readers assess the significance of the research announcement.
New method reduces adverse effects of rectal cancer treatment
STAT said drug ‘halved’ prostate cancer deaths, but that’s not the full picture
But, the story does a good job of succinctly describing what is novel about this study and for which patients it may be relevant.
Old drug gets new trick for prostate cancer treatment
American Heart Association’s meal timing guidance isn’t ready for prime time
“For heart health, it’s not just what you eat, but when.” That was CBS’s confident headline about a scientific statement put out by the American Heart Association. That statement, Meal Timing and Frequency: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, summarizes the scientific evidence on issues like breakfast skipping, periodic fasting, and whether those types of eating […]
Pancreatic cancer PR spin: Another reason for Yale University to review our educational resources
If only Yale University PR folks had spent some time with our toolkit of resources. If they had, it’s hard to imagine they would have sent out this misleading tweet last week about the benefits of aspirin for pancreatic cancer prevention: Regular aspirin use lowers risk for pancreatic cancer by almost 50%, says Yale-led study […]
Optimism and longevity: Absolute rates of death risk would have improved CBS story
The story also missed an important discussion about how much the results could stem from having good health–that perhaps this causes the optimism, and not vice versa.
How optimism may help you live longer
Weight Watchers for type 2 diabetes: PR release left out researchers’ many financial ties to the corporation
When weighing benefits and evidence of any intervention, it’s useful to know if there are vested interests behind the claims.