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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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Men's Health Month is a medical marketing marvel
As a kid, I remember the song, "June is bustin' out all over" from the musical Carousel. These days, June is Men's Health Month, and with it comes some helpful reminders. But Twitter is bustin' out all over with balderdash, baloney and BS on many men...
Health News Review
Wednesday, June 26, 2019


9,125 cups of coffee a year still good for you?
As crazy as our headline sounds, it is merely taking CNN's headline, below, and spreading it out over a year. CNN quoted one of the researchers: The main message for people to take away from this is that coffee can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lif...
Health News Review
Thursday, June 6, 2019


Alex Trebek's ‘near remission' story serves as a reminder: Beware celebrity health news
In People magazine's latest cover story, Alex Trebek said his advanced pancreatic cancer is in "near remission." People portrayed this as a dramatic turnaround: When Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months...
Health News Review
Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Viewers get scenery, not science, as CNN explores global ‘secrets' to living longer
In CNN's reality-based series, "Chasing Life," correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta travels to far-flung reaches of the planet to explore health care practices rooted in cultural traditions. The show — which is available on the streaming platform CNNgo — w...
Health News Review
Wednesday, May 29, 2019


What you need to know about hospitals nationwide promoting free hernia screenings
The more you screen, the more you find.  And the more you find, the more you find that is not really something you needed to — or wanted to — find.  That's true with just about any health screening test. And you can include hernia screening.  Yes, he...
Health News Review
Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Tone deaf promotion of very early research on smartphone app for kids' ear fluid
STAT does some great stuff.  And some clunkers.  They get enough praise for the great stuff, but not enough scrutiny of the clunkers.  This is one such example. A story based on very preliminary research touted the early work in very promotional tone...
Health News Review
Friday, May 17, 2019


NY Times was blind to flaws in "Statins May Cut Glaucoma Risk" story
Let me count the ways in which I am moved to write about another unwell piece in the New York Times Well section - "Statins May Cut Glaucoma Risk."  Let's begin with the first line:  "More good news about cholesterol-lowering statin drugs." No, it's ...
Health News Review
Thursday, May 16, 2019


What you need to know about claims of health care ‘firsts'
Spot the word "first" in a headline and you might assume a major milestone has been reached. Think first person on the moon, first woman on the Supreme Court. But in health care news, things heralded for being first might not amount to a clear advanc...
Health News Review
Tuesday, May 7, 2019


5 quick PR tricks to cover up a lack of real health care news
As all researchers know, science is a grinding parade of failure and dead ends. But as we've often written, news release writers sometimes seem hell-bent on making the public believe otherwise. Like expert makeup artists, they can add sparkle to lack...
Health News Review
Friday, December 21, 2018


As renewed debate over health care reform begins to simmer in Washington, can journalists give the topic the attention it needs?
Dec. 14th's lower court ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional has again thrust health care back on the national agenda. It also gives journalists a chance to redeem themselves from what I have argued has been poor news coverag...
Health News Review
Friday, December 21, 2018



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