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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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A perfect storm for broken bones or for disease-mongering of osteoporosis?
Last week in The New York Times, Jane Brody predicted "A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones."  But the column has elements of a perfect storm of disease-mongering. She writes that "fewer adults at risk of advanced bone loss and fractures are undergoing t...
Health News Review
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Podcast: Timothy Caulfield - fighting Goop and cheating death
Timothy Caulfield, the author of "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?" shares his thoughts on the battle of science vs. hype, public trust in science, the importance of social media in health care journalism, the art of communicating health ca...
Health News Review
Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Ultra-processed' foods and cancer: Headlines show the right way, and the wrong way, to frame study results
Today's headlines on ultra-processed foods and cancer offer a good case study in the right way — and the wrong way — to frame the results of an observational study about diet and the risk of disease. The stories are based on a French study in which m...
Health News Review
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Advocates push for access to secret clinical data, while FDA drags its feet
A recent analysis of once-secret clinical trial data concluded that a popular morning sickness drug, Diclegis, doesn't actually work. That surprising finding, made possible by the release of previously undisclosed data by Canadian regulators, drew a ...
Health News Review
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Why does CMV get so much less news coverage than Zika — despite causing far more birth defects?
There are two viral diseases that, if they infect pregnant mothers, can cause birth defects and a range of other health problems for their babies. One disease affects thousands of infants each year in the United States, while the other affects fewer ...
Health News Review
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stories about tragic flu deaths wrongly portray Tamiflu as a panacea
A number of news stories on Monday linked the flu-related death of a Texas schoolteacher to her reluctance to fill a prescription for a generic version of antiviral drug Tamiflu. They were misleading because there's no evidence that antiviral medicat...
Health News Review
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Headline vs. study: If only health news headlines would …
If only jolts of electricity to my brain could make me less forgetful. If only mice and baby pigs could read; or, at least, learn which oils and infant formulas are good for them. If only headlines — like those we feature below — would stop misleadin...
Health News Review
Friday, February 9, 2018

Asparagus and breast cancer study: What you need to know
Blocking the amino acid asparagine in genetically modified mice was linked to slowed breast cancer metastasis, according to a research letter published in the journal Nature. It's an interesting premise, and one that's likely worth further study, but...
Health News Review
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Toilet Bowl Tuesday: A craptastic race to the bottom for misleading health news
Sunday's Super Bowl supposedly represented the zenith of professional football: top players, in top form, playing at the top level. Anyone want to give me odds on any of the following news stories — which all showed up in our newsfeed before 9 AM tod...
Health News Review
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wearable defibrillator is said to save lives, but patients and doctors question at what cost
In the summer of 2015, while standing in her kitchen, Rachel Pezzani heard her 11-year-old daughter Natalie scream from another room. Pezzani raced to her, scared that Natalie's wearable "LifeVest" defibrillator was about to go off. Natalie, still re...
Health News Review
Monday, February 5, 2018

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