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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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Erin Andrews' misdirected cervical cancer screening promo overlooks harms of frequent testing
You may have seen celebrity Erin Andrews' crusade to promote cervical cancer screening, which draws from a well-worn corporate playbook of hiring celebrities to sell medical interventions. But this time the sponsor, medical technology company Hologic...
Health News Review
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Big Booze helped plan $100 million NIH study on alcohol-here's how they've also tried to influence journalists
Like a St. Patrick's Day hangover, news of federal researchers courting liquor company executives for funding leaves a bad taste in the mouth of many who care about the quality and independence of the National Institutes of Health. The New York Times...
Health News Review
Monday, March 19, 2018

A ‘sweet spot' BMI to reduce heart disease risk? What you need to know
An extremely brief New York Times "Well" post published last week — "A ‘Sweet Spot' for Heart Health" — suggests that people must be within a very narrow weight range-a body-mass index (BMI) of 21 to 23-if they want to reduce their risk of heart dise...
Health News Review
Monday, March 19, 2018

Podcast: Doctors who blog
These four doctors have very different practices and very different blogs. In this podcast we explore why they blog, what they've taken away from the experience, and what role they see blogging plays in the medical information landscape....
Health News Review
Monday, March 19, 2018

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

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