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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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What you need to know about CNN's story on young men and low testosterone
For several years now, the term "low T" has been used to market testosterone to older men who are concerned about losing their sex drive. Critics say this marketing has convinced many men to take potentially risky drugs that they don't need. Now CNN ...
Health News Review
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Your kitchen could hurt you, save you, or make your children overweight
The health section of Newsweek kicked off the week letting readers know there are apparently foods in your kitchen that can cut your risk of dying by 18%, and cleansers under your sink that could make your kids overweight "by messing up their gut bac...
Health News Review
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What did journalists overlook about the Apple Watch ‘heart monitor' feature?
If you were lucky and spent last week on a secluded beach with no internet access (a girl can dream), you might have missed the news that the new Apple Watch Series 4 includes an FDA-cleared heart monitor function with an electrocardiogram (ECG). Oth...
Health News Review
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Shameless Alzheimer's sales pitch masquerades as solid science
In the annals of unsavory attempts to exploit vulnerable people with false hope, a new campaign to promote an unproven supplement said to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease ranks near the lowest of the low. A PR company working with the supp...
Health News Review
Friday, September 14, 2018

Problematic PR releases: Costs are hidden in cancer testing news
Precision medicine and the tests that enable it are becoming increasingly common in cancer care. So it's no surprise that we see more and more PR announcements relating to cancer testing from a variety of institutions including government, academia, ...
Health News Review
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What you need to know about claims that whole grains can prevent diabetes
Check out these enticing headlines based on a recent study linking whole grains to lower diabetes risk: HealthDay: Want to avoid type 2 diabetes? Eat more whole grains New York Post: Eating enough whole grains cuts risk of getting diabetes: study The...
Health News Review
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How overdiagnosis and other harms can undermine the benefits of screening: A new primer in our toolkit
  September marks National Prostate Health Month, when hospitals and urology practices push free prostate cancer screening. It's also when we at publish our annual analysis of why these promotions — and their "screening saves liv...
Health News Review
Monday, September 10, 2018

5-Star Friday: Unexpected endings
Like a classic thriller from the silver screen, today's 5-star selections feature an unexpected twist — whether that's the surprising path to recovery that some people find from opioid addiction; the shocking way that a patient group found itself exp...
Health News Review
Friday, September 7, 2018

Why one woman's emotional plea for early colon cancer screening may harm instead of help
A 32-year-old cancer patient has taken to Facebook to urge people to "get screened early for colon cancer" — and a number of news outlets are spreading her impassioned message without giving it sufficient scrutiny. The news coverage is a classic case...
Health News Review
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Problematic PR releases: more mice, more muddled messages
In our continuing series on problematic public relations news releases, we add another entry to our category on claims made about animal studies. The reason we're continuing to hammer away on this issue is that, as you'll see in these examples, many ...
Health News Review
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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