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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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ASCO pumps up a one-sided view of lung cancer screening: Here's what most of the coverage missed
Among the thousands of research abstracts released to the public on Wednesday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), just six were selected to be highlighted in a news conference with journalists. Of those six, one was an analysis showi...
Health News Review
Friday, May 18, 2018

Turning 40? You might want to skip this mammography primer from U.S. News
While more doctors embrace the idea that women should make their own informed decisions about when and how often to get screened for breast cancer, news reporting doesn't always reflect that nuanced approach. Take a recent U.S. News feature entitled ...
Health News Review
Thursday, May 17, 2018

ASCO 2018: How a major medical meeting uses embargoes to shape the news, and what the consequences may be
Later today the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will hold a virtual "presscast" giving journalists a sneak preview into a handful of "new, high-impact studies" that will be presented at their annual meeting two weeks from now. Just six o...
Health News Review
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MS patient shines a light on the harms of misleading media messages
For multiple sclerosis patients today, it's a challenge to keep tabs on all the drug development underway without falling prey to misinformation, explains retired broadcast journalist and MS patient Ed Tobias. "These days, there are so many more trea...
Health News Review
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Headline vs. study: Sometimes fishy, sometimes pulling a rabbit out of a hat
How likely are you to believe one of the following: That a study in fish might hold the key to preventing Parkinson's? That a study in rabbits might help us prevent HIV from spreading? A brain scan could pick up mental illness? I'm betting you're ske...
Health News Review
Monday, May 14, 2018

A win for readers: coverage of new prostate cancer screening guidelines focuses on shared decision making
When the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a statement recommending against prostate cancer screening in 2012, its guidance was met with often vituperative attacks from professional organizations and advocacy groups. The mu...
Health News Review
Friday, May 11, 2018

Non-inferiority trials require careful scrutiny: An update to our toolkit
Sometimes a news report proclaims that a treatment or test has been found to be "just as good as" another one. But is that really the case? In medicine, a finding that one approach is just as effective as another is often the result of what's known a...
Health News Review
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Crowdfunding's dark side: When patients seek help paying for stem cell treatments, misinformation rules
Should you donate to a friend's or family member's crowdfunding campaign to help pay for medical costs? It may seem like an easy answer, but a new study indicates how thorny that decision can be — particularly when people seek money for unproven stem...
Health News Review
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

NIH uses dodgy PR to enroll one million Americans in its ‘All of Us' precision medicine program
Something huge, expensive, arguably controversial and allegedly revolutionary happened on Sunday to modest fanfare. Three years after it was announced by President Barack Obama, the ambitious precision health initiative — now rebranded as the "All of...
Health News Review
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thyroid disease patient reacts to ‘insulting' Women's Health magazine piece
This is just one little story about one woman reacting to one magazine article that bothered her. But I think it's important because it's a window into the reactions that patients can have when they see stories about their condition.  And those react...
Health News Review
Monday, May 7, 2018

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