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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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With free brain tumor screening, the road to early detection may be filled with potholes
The Brain Tumor Foundation's Road to Early Detection is in Brooklyn, New York, this week, offering free brain tumor screening in its mobile MRI unit to anyone who signs up. The visit appears to be the foundation's second stop on its current "sponsor-...
Health News Review
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Historic breakthrough Alzheimer patients around the globe have been awaiting'
Over the years, I have loved it when health care journalists send us tips. One recently wrote, "Have you all seen this BS? Some uneducated/informed friends are posting this on Facebook." The BS she was referring to was our headline above, which appea...
Health News Review
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Oh sh-! Almost forgot it's C. diff Awareness Month!
Various advocacy interests have proclaimed November as the national (or global) awareness month for stomach cancer, osteoporosis, pancreatic cancer, prematurity, lung cancer, bladder health, Alzheimer's disease, home health, family caregivers, and ho...
Health News Review
Monday, November 12, 2018

5-Star Friday: Simplicity
Health care is complex, but so much of its excellence and effectiveness comes from simplicity. Our 5-star selections this week are good examples of this. Our first story features a world leader in cancer who believes in simple and straightforward com...
Health News Review
Friday, November 9, 2018

How minimally invasive surgery was spun as the ‘latest and greatest' for cervical cancer
To understand how minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer became popular before high-quality evidence was available about its outcomes, consider some rah-rah local news coverage. Back in 1995, for example, The Record of Hackensack, N.J., repor...
Health News Review
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Early birds have lower breast cancer risk? What you need to know
Wake me when it's over. There was a lot of misleading information in news stories this week about a study of sleep traits and risk of breast cancer. It was a complex study to decipher, but instead we got simplistic headlines like this one from Health...
Health News Review
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Problematic PR releases: Medical studies backed by food industry trade groups
Long considered a downmarket cooking oil with ho-hum health benefits, cottonseed oil has now been linked to lowering cholesterol, according to a recent news release from the University of Georgia. As the release explains, "researchers suggested a fat...
Health News Review
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

When medicine & media sugarcoat the true impact of patient harms
An important paper, "Reporting harms more transparently in trials of cancer drugs," was published in The BMJ last week. Some excerpts follow, but also additional thoughts about how journalism and public relations (which sometimes are indistinguishabl...
Health News Review
Monday, November 5, 2018

Our team's fond farewell for a terrific editor and a great guy
Today is Managing Editor Kevin Lomangino's final day with, marking the beginning of the end for our project, which comes to a close in December. Besides Publisher Gary Schwitzer, nobody has had a bigger impact on the site than Ke...
Health News Review
Friday, November 2, 2018

When reporting on sloppy science, NY Times ‘Well' section should practice what it preaches
A New York Times column on Monday bemoaned the sorry state of much nutrition research, saying it's too often poorly designed and riddled with conflicts of interest. The headline: Confused by Nutrition Research? Sloppy Science May Be to Blame Written ...
Health News Review
Thursday, November 1, 2018

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