Note to our followers: Our nearly 13-year run of daily publication of new content on HealthNewsReview.org comes to a close at the end of 2018. Publisher Gary Schwitzer and other contributors may post new articles periodically. But all of the 6,000+ articles we have published contain lessons to help you improve your critical thinking about health care interventions. And those will be still be alive on the site for a couple of years.
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1 2/19/2018

Podcast: Timothy Caulfield – fighting Goop and cheating death

Timothy Caulfield, the author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” shares his thoughts on the battle of science vs. hype, public trust in science, the importance of social media in health care journalism, the art of communicating health care information, and — of course — the role of celebrity in pseudoscience.

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1/30/2018

Podcast: The promise of precision medicine

In the past half year the FDA approved the first three gene therapies for use in the US.

This comes less than 18 years after the announcement that the human genome had been fully sequenced. It was a milestone wrapped in a promise; a promise that became known as “precision medicine.” But has that promise become reality?

In this podcast we turn to five leaders in their respective fields who’ve been intimately involved with this emerging technology. We ask them them to not only contrast what precision medicine is and may become, but also to help us clarify what holds promise and what’s just hype.


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12/22/2017

Podcast: The top 10 quotes of 2017

In this podcast — our 13th of the year (and 38th episode since we started producing them in the summer of 2015) — we take a look back at some memorable conversations from the past year.

We spoke with quite a mix of inspirational individuals, covered a wide range of fascinating topics, and thought we’d share with you what we considered to be some of the most compelling quotes.

So here you go … The Top 10 Quotes of 2017

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4 11/13/2017

Podcast: Victor Montori – Mayo Clinic MD calls for patient revolution

Having a conversation with Victor Montori you can almost feel your hair blow back.

Montori is a Mayo Clinic diabetes physician who believes our medical industrial complex has forgotten how to care, and a revolution is called for. But what kind of revolution?

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10/26/2017

Podcast: Conflicts of interest at World Conference of Science Journalists

Today marks the opening of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco.

Over 1,300 people will be in attendance, and that’s a big number.

But there’s an even bigger number that may not get as much attention but really should: The conference is receiving $400,000 from biomedical giant, Johnson & Johnson, and another $200,000 from various companies such as Bayer, Sanofi, 23andMe, and AstraZeneca.

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10/10/2017

Podcast: Allen Frances, MD – A psychiatrist’s take on the DSM, Pharma, and Donald Trump

Is President Donald Trump mentally ill?

Do we really need over 500 psychiatric diagnoses?

What do the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or ‘DSM’ for short) over the past 60+ years say about psychiatry? The influence of industry? Us?

This conversation with renowned psychiatrist, Allen Frances MD — although just over 10 minutes long — touches on all of the above and much more. Trust me, he’s not shy.

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9/14/2017

Podcast: Health care costs – ‘a problem hiding in plain sight’

Why are health care costs kept so secret? And medical bills so hard to understand?

When you buy a car, book a flight, or put things in your grocery cart, you not only know the price in advance, but you can also shop around for the best price.

But for most health care services you can’t. And former New York Times editor and reporter, Jeanne Pinder, thinks that makes no sense at all. So much so that she started ClearHealthCosts.com, a project of journalists “committed to bringing transparency to the health-care marketplace by telling people prices for medical procedures and items.”

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8/1/2017

Podcast: The Wild West of stem cells

Stem cell clinics are booming. And hurting people.

How can patients protect themselves in a marketplace where the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state medical boards have been ineffectual?

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4 7/17/2017

Podcast: Newly-revised List of Industry-Independent Experts for Journalists

If anyone ever says that he or she can’t find an industry-independent expert for a news story or for an FDA committee, they just haven’t looked hard enough.

For 9 years, we have hosted what is, to the best of our knowledge, a one-of-a-kind list of health care industry-independent experts.

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7/10/2017

Podcast: DCIS … searching for clarity

What is DCIS, or ductal carcinoma in situ? Is it an incidental abnormality that only became recognized as screening mammography became more widespread and sophisticated?

Or, is it a pre-cancer that gives doctors a head start in treating breast cancer before it spreads?

These are questions that nearly 60-thousand women are faced with each year in this country.

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