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Charles Piller writes in Science, “ Blots On a Field? A neuroscience image sleuth finds signs of fabrication in scores of Alzheimer’s articles, threatening a reigning theory of the disease.



A New York Times newsletter headline writer tried to be cute:   No, it’s not so simple. And, no, the study did not find that those who drank moderate amounts of coffee have a lower mortality risk than non-coffee drinkers.


A New York Times newsletter headline writer tried to be cute:   No, it’s not so simple. And, no, the study did not find that those who drank moderate amounts of coffee have a lower mortality risk than non-coffee drinkers.


Breaking News! What does that mean?  Besides sinking to the level of the old TV news style of “If it bleeds, it leads” newscasts.


The Star Tribune newspaper reports: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday night’s game against the Packers.


My productivity dropped off for a number of reasons in 2021, but here are my five best blog posts from a smaller than usual total overall. Top spot Cure for Type 1 diabetes? We’ve been down this road before with NY Times.




Shoddy, incomplete, fawning news coverage of screening tests is one of the most clearly established problems in health news coverage – something HealthNewsReview.org has revealed countless times over the past 15 years.


Although I am advancing rapidly into almost complete retirement, there are some days/weeks when I can’t refrain from pointing out some of the troubling health care news I see.  This is one such week.


Should publications that post op-ed pieces tell us more about who wrote the op-ed and what their potential biases and conflicts of interest might be? I’m in the camp that answers a resounding YES. Till Bruckner is, too.


Milwaukee oncologist Michael Thompson, MD, wrote to me yesterday morning (February 10)  about an article – “New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Predict COVID-19 Up to a Week Before a Swab Test” – promoted on Twitter by MacRumors.com.


Part of our website is going away April 1. But major features of the site will remain.  Here’s the breakdown and some background. When I started publishing HealthNewsReview.org 15 years ago, the only content was news story reviews.


Reflections on 2020: You can’t mask this reality

It is deeply disheartening for me to reflect on how health care information was miscommunicated so often by so many different players in 2020.


Our contribution to a new global resource HealthNewsReview.org made multiple contributions to an impressive new online resource, “Investigating Health and Medicine,” by Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva via the Global Investigative Journalism Network.



Today’s email newsletter: A time for healing One headline has stayed with me:   ‘Science was on the ballot’ – and public health lost.