Archive for January, 2015

News Roundup

From the hyper-local to the global, news of note:

American Red Cross Under Pressure to Stop Accepting Tobacco Money

Questions arise over hospital ‘reality’ TV shows

Unlike ZoomCare, Legacy will accept Medicare and Medicaid at new Portland clinics

Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Sea Mar Health Centers to pay $3.35 million in Attorney General’s Office investigation of improper billing

The Nasty Patent Games Drug Companies Play To Stop You From Getting Cheaper Drugs


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Exciting news came at the end of the year for Gary Schwitzer’s Health News Review project which had lost the funding that supported the team of reviewers that analyzed the accuracy of health stories in the news and published their findings. HNR was awarded a two-year, $1.3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to continue and expand its work, which will now be housed in the new Center for Media Communication and Health in the U of Minnesota School of Public Health.

I’ll be looking forward to more important stories coming our way soon to share here.  And all of us can hone our critical thinking skills on health news stories by applying the HNR  framework anytime:

What’s the total cost?
How often do benefits occur?HealthNewsReview
How often do harms occur?
How strong is the evidence?
Is this condition exaggerated?
Are there alternative options?
Is this really a new approach?
Is it available to me?
Who’s promoting this?
Do they have a conflict of interest?

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