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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]

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Are demanding patients driving the epidemic of unnecessary medical care?
Our health care system in the United States is notorious for providing a lot of unnecessary medical care — something we've written about extensively. Doctors may provide that unnecessary care because they perceive that patients are expecting or reque...
Health News Review
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daytime sleepiness and Alzheimer's risk: What you need to know
Older adults who reported excessive daytime sleepiness were also more likely to have increasing levels of a protein called beta-amyloid in their brains over time, according to a study in JAMA Neurology. Beta amyloid deposits are one of several pathol...
Health News Review
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wearable technology to screen for atrial fibrillation: does it raise more questions than it answers?
When the roughly 52,000-member American College of Cardiology (ACC) meets — as it did this past weekend in Orlando for its 67th Annual Scientific Session — it's a big deal. Not only does it generate significant media buzz, but some of the studies pre...
Health News Review
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Did a pricey cholesterol-lowering drug really reduce deaths, as headlines claim?
A highly anticipated clinical trial result for an expensive cholesterol-lowering drug drew plenty of news coverage over the weekend, with some stories declaring the drug, Praluent, reduced the risk of death. The Associated Press wrote: It's the first...
Health News Review
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

LifeVest study results: PR spin machine in full effect at American College of Cardiology meeting
In a remarkable example of PR spin, both the American College of Cardiology and Zoll, a medical devicemaker, issued misleading news releases this weekend trumpeting the results of a study examining the LifeVest, a wearable cardiac defibrillator. The ...
Health News Review
Monday, March 12, 2018

News stories about kratom, an herbal ‘opioid alternative,' wrongly prioritize propaganda over science
Wouldn't it be great if a safe and readily available plant could help curb opioid addiction? That's the idea being promoted by a group called the American Kratom Association (AKA), which has been campaigning to block a federal ban of the Southeast As...
Health News Review
Monday, March 12, 2018

Lowering the bar on Alzheimer's drugs: STAT op-ed takes industry-friendly line, without disclosing author's pharma ties
A recent op-ed published Monday in STAT insists that proposed FDA guidance for Alzheimer's drug development is "good news" that "removes unnecessary barriers" to bring new medications to market. If the guidance is finalized, pharmaceutical companies ...
Health News Review
Friday, March 9, 2018

Prostate cancer screening: massive study gets minimal coverage. Why?
The largest-ever randomized trial of using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in asymptomatic men over the age of 50 has found — after about 10 years of follow-up — no significant difference in prostate cancer deaths among men who were screened...
Health News Review
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pharma backing of advocacy groups: a call for transparency
Lawmakers concerned about a mounting opioid crisis are pushing for the pharmaceutical industry to fully disclose their financial influence on patient advocacy groups. Last week Ontario enacted a provincial law requiring pharmaceutical companies to di...
Health News Review
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Company pitches memory supplement via spring training giveaways — here's why we're not swinging
Major League Baseball players are sharpening their skills this month in Florida's pre-season Grapefruit League. Meanwhile, Quincy Bioscience, a supplement company, is sharpening its pitch for a chewable supplement that supposedly "improves memory" an...
Health News Review
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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