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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 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


A final HealthNewsReview.org report card from 3,200 systematic reviews of health care news stories & PR releases
In 2005, as I began building HealthNewsReview.org, I got permission from Dr. David Henry of the Media Doctor Australia project to adopt their news story review criteria. In the ensuing 13 years, no one has ever placed in front of me a solid, specific...
Health News Review
Thursday, December 20, 2018


For both health care and health care journalism, there's something missing in the middle
In 2015, a few months before I started working at HealthNewsReview.org, Cosmopolitan magazine published my article, "Why are so many American women dying in childbirth?" Tired of women getting blamed for the problem, I used my personal story to explo...
Health News Review
Wednesday, December 19, 2018


6 reasons journalists should just say no to Mayo Clinic's latest journalism ‘residency' program
Craving a trip to Florida in February? If you're a journalist, the Mayo Clinic has you covered. Once again Mayo is extending an offer to educate health care journalists, this time with what it's calling a "residency" scheduled for Feb. 24-28 at the M...
Health News Review
Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Reflections on a 45-year career and 13 years leading HealthNewsReview.org
In this, our final week of daily publishing as we wind down operations due to a loss of sufficient funding, I want to share some observations after a 45-year career in health care journalism, 13 of which were the pinnacle for me as Publisher of this ...
Health News Review
Monday, December 17, 2018



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