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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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Diet soda and colon cancer: What you need to know
It doesn't help matters when a news release opens with a quote like this from one of the study's lead authors: Artificially sweetened drinks have a checkered reputation in the public because of the purported health risks that have never really been d...
Health News Review
Friday, July 20, 2018

What you need to know about that study linking ADHD symptoms and digital media use
The big health news story on Wednesday — covered by the Los Angeles Times, CNN, NBC News, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, HealthDay and Reuters Health, among others — was a study looking at the relationship between "digital media use" (basica...
Health News Review
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Of news releases and mice
Sometimes I wish I were a mouse. If only because they seem to do so well with so many treatments and interventions in medical studies. But I'm not a mouse, so these studies — although they can make important contributions to basic science — usually d...
Health News Review
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Local news hype of robotic surgery doesn't match many hysterectomy patients' experiences
Many journalists seem enthralled with robotic surgery systems.  For local journalists — especially local TV journalists — the video of the robotic arms and the surgeon using the hand controls from a distance away from the patient seems all too exciti...
Health News Review
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stanford promotes a magnetized wire ‘to detect cancer in people.' What you need to know
This is quite the unjustified headline from a Stanford University School of Medicine news release: ‘Magnetized wire could be used to detect cancer in people' Stanford claims that antibody-coated, magnetic nanoparticles can be engineered to bind with ...
Health News Review
Monday, July 16, 2018

After canceling an ethically dubious trial, NIH sticks with a muddled message on booze
After a public outcry, the National Institutes of Health recently halted an industry-funded trial to find out whether moderate alcohol consumption promotes heart health. But its advice to the public on drinking remains problematic. Last week a link t...
Health News Review
Monday, July 16, 2018

5-Star Friday: Clarity
Sometimes things are clear as mud. This 5-star Friday is a good example. Take three of our choices below:  drug companies that aren't drug companies, a tick-borne illness that may or may not be a disease, and the very human urge to be drawn to the re...
Health News Review
Friday, July 13, 2018

Screening for atrial fibrillation with a wearable patch: Seek and ye shall find … and then what?
A study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises important questions about the implications of widespread screening for atrial fibrillation — our most common abnormal heart rhythm (or, "arrhythmia"). Atrial...
Health News Review
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A troubling trade: Gerontological Society offering journalism fellowships, with an ethical catch
We once again pull back the curtain to let you, the news consumer, learn about another of the behind-the-scenes ways in which the news is made. In a time of increasing competition for news attention, some health/medical/science news purveyors break n...
Health News Review
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pharma banks on cancer patients who are ‘determined to keep fighting'
Promoted ads and videos for the cancer drug Cyramza (ramucirumab) began showing up on Twitter in May. They've also appeared in print publications. The ads encourage you to read the words of "determined Cyramza patients" whose faces come alive with co...
Health News Review
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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