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Cure for Type 1 diabetes? We’ve been down this road before with NY Times

“A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked,” blared the November 27, 2021 New York Times headline. It may have reminded old-timers of another story by the same reporter, Gina Kolata, on the front page of the Times 23 years ago, on May 3, 1998, which included unchallenged projectionsContinue reading “Cure for Type 1 diabetes? We’ve been down this road before with NY Times”

“Blood test finds 50 types of cancer” – we’ve been down this path before

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. A public relations news release 22 days ago – from “a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early” – touted studyContinue reading ““Blood test finds 50 types of cancer” – we’ve been down this path before”

Two different assessments of COVID-19 pandemic news coverage

Two new journalistic analyses of 2020-2021 pandemic news coverage were released this week.  I was interviewed in each of them. Science journalist Faye Flam produced a new episode for her “Follow the Science” podcast, with funding from the Society for Professional Journalists. She interviewed me, David Leonhardt of the New York Times and David Wallace-Wells ofContinue reading “Two different assessments of COVID-19 pandemic news coverage”

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