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5 categories of quality web content for you to explore when we cease daily publication

5 categories of quality web content for you to explore when we cease daily publication

Many of you have requested by e mail or on Twitter, “Where do we turn for help after you go away?”

First, we’re not disappearing on January 1, 2019, and the location gained’t go darkish.  I’ll hold it alive for at the least three years. And I hope to add new content periodically by hiring freelancers or writing some items myself.

However there are different sources that you might want to turn into accustomed to if you’re not already.  Whereas they don’t do what we did every single day – systematically critiquing claims in media messages to assist you turn into a better shopper – they nonetheless take totally different approaches to tackle some of the identical targets of misinformation, hype, and non-evidence-based claims.

What follows is an inventory of 5 categories of quality content prompt by our employees. In fact, any try to supply such an inventory invitations the hazard of leaving out some sources you want you hadn’t. So don’t view this as a Prime 10 or all-inclusive listing. This isn’t meant to be an inventory of assets for journalists to go for info.  We did that already for virtually 13 years. Quite, this can be a assortment of some sources that we assume sufferers and shoppers ought to find out about.

1. Strong sources of well being care information with gifted reporting staffs

First, listed here are two terrific, unbiased, foundation-funded, nonprofit information organizations:

ProPublica’s mission: “To expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.” Its well being care investigative reporting is cautious and deep and very important. The Dollars for Docs venture tracks the monetary ties between docs and business.

Kaiser Well being Information has a terrific employees with some of one of the best well being care journalists within the nation. Its said focus:  in-depth protection of well being care coverage and politics. And on how the well being care system — hospitals, docs, nurses, insurers, governments, shoppers — works. KHN has a Knowledge & Docs part that permits readers to search paperwork “on the quality of U.S. health care, as well as influencers on the health care system.”

We additionally advocate this revolutionary for-profit on-line well being care information service:

STAT Information is produced by Boston Globe Media. Though we have raised some considerations about conflicts of curiosity in some STAT administration insurance policies, the journalism produced by this stellar group of top-notch well being care journalists is usually can’t-miss materials.

2. Podcasts, blogs, YouTube, Netflix

Aaron Carroll is a multimedia MD.  His contributions to the Upshot weblog for the New York Occasions are all the time considerate, with headlines like, “This Drug Is Safe and Effective. Wait. Compared With What?”  And his Healthcare Triage movies and podcasts are properly carried out.

Ray Moynihan has been a terrific well being care journalist and is now an educational researcher with a key curiosity in overdiagnosis.  His “Recommended Dose” podcast collection is crammed with interviews with some of well being care’s main thinkers.

I don’t understand how Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH, squeezes what he does into his work life. His Twitter account battles hype extra successfully and extra typically than virtually anybody on social media.  His Plenary Session podcast  has turn into successful, tackling subjects like ineffective medical conferences, hijacked evidence-based drugs, and the price and efficacy of most cancers medicine.

Heart specialist Christopher Labos, MD, (one of our editorial contributors) and science communicator Jonathan Jarry have a weblog and a podcast and a few movies beneath the banner,  The Physique of Proof. Jarry additionally has a YouTube web page referred to as Cracked Science, with subjects comparable to “Sloppy Food Science,” “Winning Against Institutionalized Pseudoscience,” and “The Scienceploitation of Stem Cells.”

The Weighty Issues weblog – subtitled “Musings of an obesity medicine doc and certifiably cynical realist”  – is written by Yoni Freedhoff, MD (additionally one of our editorial contributors). Given the quantity of deceptive meals, eating regimen, vitamin, weight management and weight problems information in circulation, this weblog is an island of respite within the stormy seas of hype.

Timothy Caulfield is a Canadian professor of regulation on the College of Alberta, and the Canada Analysis Chair in Well being Regulation and Coverage.  He’s lively on social media, wrote a e-book entitled “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” and now has a Netflix present referred to as, “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.”

three. Study drug firm advertising and conflicts of curiosity

The undertaking advances evidence-based prescribing and offers assets to involved well being care suppliers, residents and others to study drug firm advertising practices.

John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is one of the best investigative well being care journalists within the nation, specializing in conflicts of curiosity in drugs and the way drug and medical gadget corporations and the FDA affect the apply of drugs.  He collaborates on many investigations with gifted employees from MedPageToday.

four. Combating misinformation

Science-Based mostly Drugs explores points and controversies in science and drugs. One specific space of focus is famous on the web site: “Online information about alternative medicine is overwhelmingly credulous and uncritical, and even mainstream media and some medical schools have bought into the hype and failed to ask the hard questions. We provide a much needed ‘alternative’ perspective — the scientific perspective.”

The next is a motion value following: to develop a plan of motion to fight misinformation.

My former school colleague, Brian Southwell, PhD, now heads the Science within the Public Sphere Program at RTI Worldwide, a nonprofit analysis institute in Analysis Triangle Park, North Carolina.  Lately, Brian has been specializing in misinformation. He helped lead a brand new undertaking to award grants “to fuel development of novel ideas to reduce the spread of misinformation and minimize its influence…. focusing on the needs of rural and urban youth as well as users of social media platforms like Facebook.” Grants have been lately awarded to three multidisciplinary groups.  As we have documented for greater than 12 years, there’s a lot well being care misinformation disseminated to the general public that we applaud artistic new makes an attempt to assault and handle it.

5. Don’t overlook about us

Simply because we gained’t be publishing on a predictable, common foundation any extra doesn’t imply that the 6,000+ items we’ve revealed since 2006 aren’t nonetheless invaluable.

  • If you’ve by no means completed so, drill down into anybody or two or twenty systematic information story critiques and systematic information launch critiques.  By seeing how our unbiased, skilled group of reviewers analyzed media messages, you will decide up recommendations on how you can turn into a more healthy skeptic.
  • Use the search field at higher proper from any web page on the location to enter a search time period.  You’ll be able to restrict your search to simply weblog posts – as famous with the purple arrow within the picture at proper. Weblog posts are totally different than the systematic evaluations. They cowl a wider vary of subjects, together with well being care promoting and advertising, and nearly any sort of media message that may elevate – or pollute – the general public dialogue about well being care.  Or you can do a sitewide search that pulls from the weblog and the story critiques and the information launch evaluations.  Give our web site search device a check journey:  search on phrases like breast most cancers or prostate most cancers or Dr. Ouncesor hype and see the wealthy return outcomes your search comes up with.
  • Pay attention to any of our 50 podcasts which have drawn hundreds of listeners and provide an opportunity for you to hear from outspoken physicians and researchers like John Ioannidis, Otis Brawley, Laura Esserman, Ray Moynihan, Timothy Caulfield, Deanna Attai, Gerd Gigerenzer, Victor Montori, Vinay Prasad; journalists like John Fauber, Christie Aschwanden, and Sharon Begley; and sufferers with tales to inform about harms brought on by deceptive media messages.
  • Go to “A place to tell stories of patient harm from misleading media” – an essential challenge that began by simply listening to some of the tales that folks had to inform us, after which giving them a platform to be heard extra extensively.
  • Don’t overlook about our Toolkit, which is crammed with almost two dozen primers that specify how to consider claims coming from researchers and media professionals. Though some of the following pointers might have been written with well being care journalists in thoughts, well being care shoppers can be a lot smarter if they might study a couple of issues about some of these subjects:

Absolute vs. relative danger

Conflicts of curiosity in healthcare, teachers, public relations and journalism

Phases of drug trials

Medical units

FDA approval not assured

Is the declare legit or simply well being fear-mongering?

NNT: quantity wanted to deal with

Observational research: affiliation vs causation

Screening: How overdiagnosis and different harms can undermine the advantages

Understanding medical exams: Sensitivity, specificity and constructive predictive worth

Surrogate markers might not inform the entire story

We encourage medical librarians, affected person teams, physicians, science communication teachers, and others to make the most of the wealth of info we assembled over the previous 12 years – with a credit score to  As already said, I hope to maintain the lights on for no less than three years so these belongings will probably be there “on the shelf” for you to take a look at for a while to come.


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