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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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5-Star Friday: Movers & shakers
There are voices in healthcare that don't get heard nearly enough; certainly the general public may not even know they exist. That's understandable in a time when many of us feel swamped by too much information coming at us from too many directions. ...
Health News Review
Friday, October 19, 2018


Journal case reports can't ‘explode myths' — but they can encourage shoddy news stories
Take a guess where these headlines come from: Parkinsonism can be cured Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with Type2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin Although the language wouldn't be out of place in a supermarket tabloid, these...
Health News Review
Thursday, October 18, 2018


Problematic PR releases: As evidence lags on proton therapy, hospitals lure patients with anecdotes and high-tech appeals
A recent news release from Michigan's Beaumont Medical Center shared the story of an 8-year-old girl with a brain tumor who traveled from Hawaii to be treated at the hospital's proton therapy center. Its heart-warming details include how the girl bon...
Health News Review
Wednesday, October 17, 2018


These prostate cancer screening campaigns are giving men the finger
Fifty years ago, in a golden moment of television comedy shows, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In program regularly featured "The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate" award.  Wikipedia says it "recognized actual dubious achievements by public individuals or ins...
Health News Review
Tuesday, October 16, 2018


The tsunami of not-ready-for-primetime health care news
On one recent day - a quite normal day in the life of our HealthNewsReview.org team - we watched the latest wave of the tsunami of not-ready-for-primetime medical research news coming in to drown the American public. Jill Adams, who is on the board o...
Health News Review
Monday, October 15, 2018


‘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



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