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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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What's going on with Newsweek's health/medical news coverage? What you need to know.
In the era of churnalism - churning out mass volumes of health/medical/science news every day - some news organizations seem to be simply going through the motions. Newsweek lifted much of its "story" from The Guardian, in proclaiming a breakthrough ...
Health News Review
Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Temple University again greases the clickbait machine with canola oil study
Scientists should be lauded for investigating health claims used to a market a product. But when preliminary findings are reported to the public without appropriate context, that's a problem. And it's one that we've seen twice in the past six months ...
Health News Review
Friday, December 8, 2017


Birth control pills & breast cancer risk: big study generates big differences in quality of news coverage
Are the newer birth control pills of the past few decades safer  — at least regarding breast cancer risk —  than older oral contraceptives? It's a question doctors have been eager to study for some time. And this week a Danish study published in the ...
Health News Review
Friday, December 8, 2017


How to communicate about obesity without promoting stigma
It's not hard to tell when the CDC has released updated information on obesity rates in America. A quick scan of Facebook or Twitter and you'll likely see headlines like "10 Fattest States in America," and "Americans are getting even Fatter." The pic...
Health News Review
Thursday, December 7, 2017


Cheese and heart disease: What you need to know
It's pretty indisputable that cheese is delicious. But could it also be good for you? That's the clickable headline of the day, based on this meta-analysis of past studies looking at the relationship between cheese and heart disease. As with all obse...
Health News Review
Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Video game therapy for ADHD: News touts a ‘landmark' study but nobody has seen it
Remember when Pokémon Go was going to be the next big thing for depression and anxiety? Those were heady days. Of course you'd be hard-pressed to find many Pokémon hunters at the local PokéStop nowadays. And yet in the summer of 2016, we tracked all ...
Health News Review
Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Sham surgeries: A tale of medical reversals & the role of the media
For many of us a "sham" is not a good thing. It conjures images of fraud and being duped. But in the world of surgery (and other interventional procedures) a sham — or sham surgery, more precisely — can be a positive thing. Last month was a good exam...
Health News Review
Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Smithsonian's imbalanced stem cell coverage: Will it help dodgy clinics lure desperate patients?
Smithsonian Magazine's American Ingenuity Awards aim to celebrate the "cutting edge of American achievement" by recognizing innovators in a variety of fields. But in its zeal to honor a groundbreaking stem cell researcher, the official journal of the...
Health News Review
Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Headline vs. study: The unbearable heaviness of false hope
Here's a perfect storm. Take several common diseases that affect millions of people —  like antibiotic-resistant infections, Alzheimer's disease, major depression and bipolar disease —  and then write headlines about recent (or old!) studies on these...
Health News Review
Monday, December 4, 2017


HIV ‘cure' based on one patient? Here's what you need to know
"Cure" is one of the seven words we think you should avoid in health care journalism. Stories from The Guardian and other news outlets demonstrate why this term shouldn't be thrown around carelessly. Their blaring headlines today raise hope that a ca...
Health News Review
Friday, December 1, 2017



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