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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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Latest Posts:'s 12-year run will end with some nagging questions unanswered
It appears that this unique project's span of more than 12 years of public service to journalism and to the general public will end in December when ceases publication. Our current funding ends then with no replacement funding in...
Health News Review
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

News outlets focus on one dramatic outcome. But did researchers omit data from hundreds in clinical trial?
Last week we reported on ‘One cancer patient's dramatic response to immunotherapy…' and highlighted what we thought was a lack of healthy skepticism in the extensive (and mostly fawning) news coverage. Most importantly we wanted to show that by highl...
Health News Review
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘Unconscionable': Cleveland Clinic tweets misleading scans promoting experimental vaccine for incurable brain cancer
A tweet from the Cleveland Clinic showing before-and-after brain scans of a man who received an experimental immunotherapy vaccine drew more than 1,000 likes and shares last week: Sure looks as if the vaccine wiped out that tumor, eh? UK tabloid the ...
Health News Review
Monday, June 18, 2018

Headlines raise alarm over prescription drug depression risk. But who qualifies as depressed?
Hard to tell if these headlines are using fear-mongering as clickbait, or simply riding the latest wave of stories reporting on the escalating suicide rates in the U.S.: Millions are taking drugs, including birth control, that increase the risk of su...
Health News Review
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Can't say we didn't warn you: Study finds popular health news stories overstate the evidence
A new study confirms something we here at have been emphasizing for many years: Health news stories often overstate the evidence from a new study, inaccurately claiming that one thing causes another — as in drinking alcohol might...
Health News Review
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cancer misinformation in various media irks breast cancer patients in US & UK
When we recently announced our new series on patient harms from misleading media, I heard from Robert O'Connor, PhD, research head for the Irish Cancer Society.  He wanted to add an international perspective to what we were seeing about cancer misinf...
Health News Review
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pathologists predicted the Theranos debacle, but their voices were missing from most news coverage
Theranos, the fraudulent laboratory company whose rise and fall is recounted in a recent exposé entitled "Bad Blood," was a darling of investors and news outlets for a more than a decade. The company suffered a rapid change of fate in late 2015 after...
Health News Review
Monday, June 11, 2018

CBS: "breakthrough" on supposed opioid alternative not even tested in humans yet
The CBS Morning News packed so much hyperbolic punch into one piece, it was breathtaking.  They promoted the piece as "only seen on CBS This Morning," and thank goodness for that.   Keep in mind that the story admitted that the compound hasn't been t...
Health News Review
Friday, June 8, 2018

5-Star Friday: Celebrating some slow journalism
We've just wrapped up a busy week of scrutinizing the news coverage of the world's largest cancer meeting. In many ways medical meetings symbolize what is functional and dysfunctional about our current health care system. On the plus side, you'll fin...
Health News Review
Friday, June 8, 2018

One cancer patient's dramatic response to immunotherapy. But …
A 49-year-old Floridian named Judy Perkins with metastatic breast cancer, whose illness has progressed despite multiple trials of chemotherapy, goes into complete remission after being treated with immunotherapy by Steven Rosenberg, MD, PhD —  whom C...
Health News Review
Thursday, June 7, 2018

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