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Health News Review

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Gary  Schwitzer

Gary used to be a professional health reporter. He is now a professor of journalism at University of Minnesota [Read More]

Categories: Health/Fitness/Medical | Physician Blogs


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‘Reverse' diabetes with intermittent fasting? What you need to know
A health care message can get polluted, diluted, and distorted by many people as it moves from researchers, through journals and press releases, and ultimately into the news coverage. Here's an example of what happens when it starts at the source wit...
Health News Review
Friday, October 12, 2018


Now THIS is fake health news - and it appears in major newspapers across the U.S.
The story began:  "It is not often that another country beats the US to a medical breakthrough.  So when it happens, you know it's something special." But buyer beware.  Because it's not so special when the story is bylined from "The Associated Healt...
Health News Review
Thursday, October 11, 2018


Headline vs. Study: Using cancer as clickbait
Using cancer as clickbait is ubiquitous and worrisome. It's one thing to highlight studies that represent genuine progress, and quite another to write hopeful headlines about studies that are clearly not ready for prime time. Such is the case with 4 ...
Health News Review
Wednesday, October 10, 2018


It's time for AAAS and EurekAlert! to crack down on misinformation in PR news releases
Whenever you see a news story that contains imbalanced and inaccurate information about health care, you'd be justified in wondering whether the content originated with a poor-quality PR news release. We've been demonstrating how these promotional do...
Health News Review
Tuesday, October 9, 2018


5-Star Friday: Integrity
Sometimes all it takes is a little Bob Marley; not just his music, but quotes like this: "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." When integrity is los...
Health News Review
Friday, October 5, 2018


What The New York Times didn't say about a woman ‘caught in the crossfire' between insurers and drugmakers
This week a New York Times story introduced readers to a young woman with a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which is characterized by high cholesterol levels and early heart disease. The story — titled "These Cholesterol-...
Health News Review
Friday, October 5, 2018


Osteoporosis and vertebral compression fractures: Advocacy groups and medical device maker spin misleading message
In case you ever wondered, October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day. In preparation, two advocacy groups — the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance — have joined forces with Medtronic, the world's largest medical devic...
Health News Review
Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Problematic PR releases: Why you should dig deeper when you see the term "minimally invasive"
Consumers are gung-ho about so-called "minimally invasive" procedures, which typically require smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. Partly, it's for good reason. Technologies like laparoscopy and arthroscopy — which use tiny cameras and i...
Health News Review
Monday, October 1, 2018


What you need to know about yet another study on Alzheimer's and exercise
Including "exercise" and "Alzheimer's" in the same headline is sure-fire clickbait for a lot of people. For example: 150 minutes of exercise every week can reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease (The Economic Times) Exercise may delay rare form of Alzhei...
Health News Review
Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Why scary stories about sepsis could lead to some unintended harms
There's no shortage of frightening news about healthy young people suddenly felled by sepsis, a condition in which the body's immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection. Never mind that most people who get sepsis in the U.S. are ol...
Health News Review
Monday, September 24, 2018



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