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Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?
This story addressed most of our criteria. The ones it missed could have been easily addressed.
Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?
UK citizen’s jury advises on communication about the benefits and harms of breast screening
Two months ago, I read on the BMJ website “Citizens’ jury disagrees over whether screening leaflet should put reassurance before accuracy.” I’ve been following some of the controversies in the British National Health Service’s breast screening program for some time. An example here. I asked Angela Coulter, PhD, to write a guest blog post about […]1/15/2013
First person health care stories not always narcissism – and can be a public service
I’m 61. I’ve spent more days in hospitals and doctors’ offices and rehab facilities in the past year than I ever imagined could happen in a lifetime let alone in one year. I’ve watched my 89-year old Mom die one month after diagnosis with aggressive stomach cancer. I’ve watched my 92-year old Dad fall, fracture […]6 11/29/2012
New poster child for disease-mongering? Do you have a pre-cold?
One of our readers tipped us off to what he called “a new poster child for overtreatment.” We’ll call it disease-mongering. It’s the website of the drug company promoting Zicam. The new pitch promotes Zicam for “pre-colds.” What’s a Pre-Cold?, the website asks, anticipating our astute question. Well, as you can see, it’s a term […]10/30/2012
Were AP and AFP reporting on the same Lancet mammography paper?
You judge.Two significantly different frames were used to tell the story of a paper in The Lancet. The Associated Press (AP) headlined it: Mammograms: For 1 life saved, 3 overdiagnosed. Excerpt: “It’s clear that screening saves lives,” said Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research U.K. “But some cancers will be treated that would never […]10/29/2012
My Health Literacy Month blog series post – the potential for harm in the daily tsunami of health news
For the second straight year, I’ve published a post in the Health Literacy Month blog series hosted by a company called Emmi Solutions. Shared decision-making was their focus this year, and my entry was entitled, “What is the Impact on Shared Decision Making of the Daily Tsunami of Health News?” ——————————— Every day for the past […]10/19/2012
Critics detect hype in “Bra Detects Breast Cancer” news
At one point, the Boston Globe’s website splashed the breast-cancer-bra news on its home page. In a story devoid of vital details, the feeble attempt to explain anything fell far short. “The bra has been tested for sensitivity and accuracy in three clinical trials involving 650 subjects,” the story gushed. Only problem: it didn’t tell […]9/26/2012
Noteworthy health care documentaries
The documentary, Money & Medicine, aired on PBS last night. The announcement on the PBS website states: Money & Medicine investigates the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment. In addition to illuminating the waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, […]4 7/20/2012
Screening tests a focus of this year’s Rocky Mountain Workshop on Evidence-Based Health Care
I’m off to the Rockies next week to speak at and participate in The Rocky Mountain Workshop on How to Practice Evidence-Based Health Care at the invitation of Dr. Andy Oxman of the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services in Oslo. This is the 14th annual workshop but this will be my first. I’ve […]4/30/2012
Analysis of two Annals papers on benefits of mammography in younger women
Results of two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine point to benefits of biennial mammography screening starting age 40 for women at increased risk. One evaluated data from 66 published articles and from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. The authors’ conclusion: Extremely dense breasts and first-degree relatives with breast cancer were each associated […]6 4/17/2012
Fox News’ robotic surgeon medical news contributor
Fox News uses Dr. David Samadi, a New York urologist and “Chief of Robotics” at his NY hospital, as a “medical contributor.” We’ve seen and heard him promote his pet approaches in the past. He did it again this past Sunday, touting his own favorite approach over another approach known as the Cyberknife, along with […]2/14/2012
Proton beam therapy: if you build it, they will come
A “research letter” in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week concludes: “To our knowledge, we show for the first time that the availability of a technology, in this instance a proton beam facility, in one’s HRR (hospital referral region*) is associated with a higher likelihood of receiving proton beam therapy compared with those living […]2/2/2012
Why we review newspapers’ blogs the same way we review the print edition
Because, in a nutshell, we find them all the same way – online. We don’t get ink on our fingers by reading a dozen or more newspapers every day. We – like an increasing number of people around the world – get our news online where blogs look just like stories from the newspaper, where […]1/16/2012
Salt Lake Tribune shows how to scrutinize new technology claims by local hospital
Kudos to reporter Kirsten Stewart of the Salt Lake Tribune for showing how to avoid local boosterism – so often seen when the local health care industry makes an announcement or holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In her story, “Utah doctors tout high-tech cancer treatment,” she helps readers think critically. You should read the full story, […]1/10/2012
Another sponsored health news issue: retired columnist gets column back – now paid by health care industry
3 months ago we blogged about a longtime Tampa Bay TV anchorman shifting – in retirement – to being a paid spokesman for a Medicare Advantage plan. Now we see that former Charleston, SC The Post and Courier columnist Ken Burger is doing promotions for a local health care provider organization, but it’s how this […]