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Podcast: Christie Aschwanden – 1st in our series on standouts in health care journalism

In our podcast series, we’re giving you a chance to hear directly from newsmakers, and from some who maybe should be in the news but aren’t. But we also want to occasionally feature some news reporters.

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Podcast: Real harm to real people from shoddy PR news releases

News consumers are often unaware of how much of what they read is dominated by – and may, in fact, be simply a minimal re-write of – PR news releases written by people whose job it is to make their institution, their faculty, their ideas, their research or their products look as good as they possibly can.

Today, probably more than ever, many supposedly independently-vetted news stories are actually just mirror images of PR news releases.

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1 12/28/2015

Podcast: A gold medal year as we approach our 10th anniversary

2015 was a gold medal year for – and for our users as well, we hope.

One year ago today, this project had no operating budget. I was keeping the site going by myself with only occasional blog posts. I had no funds to work on the website, to do team-driven systematic news story reviews, to expand, or to do different things, or to pay anybody anything.

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Podcast: Jennifer Miller, PhD & the Good Pharma Scorecard

I heard Jennifer Miller, PhD, use four numbers to discuss growing distrust of the drug industry: 12…70…1…17.

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Podcast: Brian Nosek, Center for Open Science

On his website, Brian Nosek posts this quote:

‘All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” – Albert Einstein

Improving science is precious to Nosek and the Center for Open Science at the University of Virginia that he leads.

I interviewed him recently at the “Improving Biomedical Research 2015” conference at Stanford, hosted by METRICS, run by John Ioannidis and Steven Goodman. Here is our podcast episode with that interview:

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2 12/7/2015

Podcast: John Ioannidis – “scourge of sloppy science”

The BMJ called him “the scourge of sloppy science.”

Asked to summarize his personality in 3 words, he used: “Uncompromising…gentle…maniac.”

He’s Dr. John Ioannidis. He’s made a career out of doing science about science. Doing good science about bad science, about flawed science, about irreproducible science, about science that lacks transparency – to other scientists and certainly to the general public.

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2 11/12/2015

Podcast: A Finn with a bone to pick about osteoporosis screening & treatment

With article headlines such as “Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes,” Dr. Teppo Järvinen appears on the international “Too Much Medicine” stage with his concerns about the way osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated.

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Podcast: 10th anniversary of an unusual medical group

This week, the National Physician Alliance co-authored a new report, “Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat.” The authors state that it “looks at state laws that intrude into exam rooms in the areas of toxic chemical exposures, women’s reproductive health, and gun violence prevention, jeopardizing the quality of medical care available to pati

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Podcast: Overuse in orthopedics

To foster conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary, the AAOS recently released a list of five specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary. The effort is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

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Podcast: Pathologic profiling – Dr. Otis Brawley on cancer overdiagnosis

Despite many advances in studying cancer, we still use a definition of cancer from the 1850s. That’s what Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told the recent Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 conference at the National Institutes of Health.

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