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December 3, 2015 – 04:40 pm
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2015 year-end report card on the news stories and news releases we reviewed

Our team applied our 10 standardized criteria to review more than 225 news stories and more than 100 news releases in 2015. Reminder: we don’t review every kind of health news story. We only review stories that include claims about interventions: treatments, tests, products or procedures. And we only review stories reported by the set list of news […]

Year-end podcast reflecting on’s best year – approaching 10th anniversary

2015 was a gold medal year for – and for our users as well, we hope. One year ago today, this project had no operating budget. I was keeping the site going by myself with only occasional blog posts. I had no funds to work on the website, to do team-driven systematic news story […]

False positive mammograms and cancer risk: An epidemiological whodunit

Following is a guest post from Dr. Saurabh Jha, a radiologist at the University of Pennsylvania and active contributor. He tweets under the handle @RogueRad. The views he expresses are his own and do not reflect the views of his employer. I enjoyed Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Not only did the ingenious Belgian solve […]

With coupon programs, drug industry hides ballooning costs of expensive new medicines

What are those clever drug companies up to? Plenty, I learned, recently browsing the website of Medical Marketing & Media, the trade pub that keeps healthcare marketers up-to-date on selling drugs, heart stents, and just about every other product the medical industrial complex dreams up. I spotted an e-book that answered my question. Called “Pathway […]

Why does psychiatry so often get a free pass on standards of evidence?

The following guest post is by Rob Wipond, a freelance investigative journalist. He contacted us with concerns regarding our review of a highly rated Philadelphia Inquirer story. We subsequently had him develop these comments into a blog post/critique of our review. Although Wipond raises some legitimate issues, we think some of his criticisms represent a misunderstanding of […]

Podcast: Jennifer Miller, PhD & the Good Pharma Scorecard

I heard Jennifer Miller, PhD, use four numbers to discuss growing distrust of the drug industry: 12…70…1…17. 12% of general public trust drug companies for being honest and ethical 70% think they put profits before people #1 is how the drug industry used to be ranked around the world – as the most admired industry… …as recently as […]

Ovarian cancer screening: shop for the story emphasis of your choice

Let’s take a brief spin through the choices that news consumers (and patients) can make among a range of stories about a new study on ovarian cancer screening. Should the emphasis be: “Blood test for ovarian cancer saves lives, ” as CBS reported? “Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer May Become Possible, ” as the New York Times headlined it. […]

5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more

In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem, ” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]

Some news from major breast cancer meeting needed more context

Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and is currently serving as President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She co-moderates the #bcsm Twitter group and tweets as @drattai. Every year the San Antonio Breast Cancer […]

Opdivo ads vs. the reality of stage IV cancer treatment

Michael Wilkes, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis and its Director of Global Health. As poets and writers have known for millennia, the use of specific words can lead to imagery, meaning, feelings and emotions that transcend the narrow definition of the word. A study I did several years ago […]

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