50 episodes

This is the podcast for HealthNewsReview.org, a website that helps people become smarter health care consumers by helping them sharpen their critical analysis of claims about health care interventions. The 1st 25 episodes were hosted by our Publisher, veteran health care journalist Gary Schwitzer. Now multimedia producer Michael Joyce brings you the stories. The aim is to improve the public dialogue about health care. You'll hear stories and interviews with people who are passionate about helping people get accurate, balanced, complete health care information so that they can make better decisions. It's a rubber-meets-the-road health care reform initiative. All are archived on HealthNewsReview.org at http://www.healthnewsreview.org/toolkit/health-news-watchdog-podcasts/.

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This is the podcast for HealthNewsReview.org, a website that helps people become smarter health care consumers by helping them sharpen their critical analysis of claims about health care interventions. The 1st 25 episodes were hosted by our Publisher, veteran health care journalist Gary Schwitzer. Now multimedia producer Michael Joyce brings you the stories. The aim is to improve the public dialogue about health care. You'll hear stories and interviews with people who are passionate about helping people get accurate, balanced, complete health care information so that they can make better decisions. It's a rubber-meets-the-road health care reform initiative. All are archived on HealthNewsReview.org at http://www.healthnewsreview.org/toolkit/health-news-watchdog-podcasts/.

    Top 10 Quotes of 2018

    Top 10 Quotes of 2018

    This podcast was published by HealthNewsReview.org on December 4th, 2018. For more information and related links visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/podcast-the-top-ten-quotes-of-2018/

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    This 50th podcast is most likely our last.

    In it we take a look back at some of the more memorable conversations of the past year.

    There's quite a mix of insights here on everything from what it means to 'cure' Alzheimer's and 'survive' cancer, to 'science-ploitation' and cutting through the hype surrounding precision medicine and the microbiome.

    • 20 min
    Our team reflects on what we've learned

    Our team reflects on what we've learned

    This track was originally published by HealthNewsReview.org on November 20, 2018. For links to more resources visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/podcast-our-team-reflects-on-what-weve-learned/

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    After over 12 years of scrutinizing medical news to help improve the public dialogue on health care, HealthNewsReview.org closes up shop at the end of 2018.

    In this podcast, the seven members of the staff take a look back and share what they've learned from the experience.

    • 17 min
    The polluted stream of health care information

    The polluted stream of health care information

    This podcast was published by HealthNewsReview.org on October 31st, 2018. For more resources and related links visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/podcast-the-polluted-stream-of-health-care-information/

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    As health care information flows from its source to the general public there are several opportunities for contamination.

    That contamination is something we document every day at HealthNewsReview.org: imbalanced, inaccurate media messages that mislead consumers about health care.

    But who is polluting our health care information? And how?

    In this podcast we speak with four people intimately involved in understanding and explaining not only how this happens, but what we can do about it.

    These experts will address topics such as the influence of promotional news releases, the impact of financial conflicts of interest, and the role of patient advocacy groups who don't always advocate in patients' best interests.

    • 17 min
    The problematic promise of a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s disease

    The problematic promise of a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s disease

    This podcast was originally published on September 4th, 2018. For more background information and helpful links visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/podcast-the-problematic-promise-of-a-cure-for-alzheimers-disease/

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    Alzheimer's is a disease in which the cause is unknown, and a treatment hasn't been found.

    Despite this, the Alzheimer's Association features fundraising commercials that promise "breakthroughs ... a cure ... (and) the first person to survive Alzheimer's disease is out there."

    In this podcast we explore whether such promises are irresponsible, unethical, and potentially harmful. You'll hear from: A gerontologist, a bioethicist ,a geriatric neurologist, and three people whose lives have been deeply impacted by the disease.

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    • 15 min
    ER docs highlight toxic health care myths

    ER docs highlight toxic health care myths

    This podcast was originally published on August 13, 2018. For more background information and helpful links visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/podcast-emergency-docs-highlight-toxic-health-care-myths/
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    A trip to the emergency department is never a welcome experience, but it can be made worse -- or even be triggered by -- a patient's unrealistic expectations.

    Veteran emergency doctors Jerome Hoffman, M.D., and Greg Henry, M.D., discuss how misleading media messages can feed myths that lead to patient harms, and what patients and physicians can do about it.

    • 22 min
    The clear and present danger of too much healthcare

    The clear and present danger of too much healthcare

    This podcast was originally published on August 1, 2018.

    For related links and resources visit:

    https://www.healthnewsreview.org/podcastmedia/roy-moynihan-overdiagnosis/

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    Do we have too much health care that's supported by too little evidence?

    Roy Moynihan, PhD, thinks so.

    In this podcast, the erudite and personable Australian journalist-turned researcher helps us make sense of the complex intersection of over-diagnosis, evidence-based medicine, and conflicts of interest.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

AMMercurio ,

Keeping 'Em Honest

Gary Schwitzer has been guiding many for over a decade, calling out misleading medical headlines and helping the patient populations affected by those headlines to understand the entire picture. Gary's podcasts are both compelling and engaging, and leave no stone unturned in his quest to uncover the truth. Everything is about evidence based findings. If we read the headlines and then the stories that follow, we would all know we are **days away** from curing most every major disease - that is, the ones that have been around for a while. On the flip side, it's doomsday for all when Zika or something new hits the media waves. Gary's podcasts break down the headlines by speaking frankly and honestly with patients and other interested parties to ensure anything that is sensationalizing the message or misleading the intended audience, is kicked right to the curb. Whether science is your thing or not, disease is going to affect most all of us at one time or another. Learn how to sort fact from fantasy. Gary knows what he's talking about.

SmithVL ,

Important exposure of misleading pharmacuitical press releases

This podcast helps further reveal the detrimental effect misleading medical study press releases have on the patient community. Gary Schwitzer and Heath News Review are on a mission to expose the sloppy journalism of some who pick up these ‘stories,’ and the deception of other eager individuals working to promote the interests relating to the pharmaceutical studies. Schwitzer shows the impact the negligence and deception has on groups and individuals suffering from serious medical conditions, diseases and terminal illness. A podcast such as this makes it clear that these are not harmless cases of overstated accomplishments and that they affect real people who are vulnerable while desperately searching for a cure. Well done!

Ipodacious ,

Great information, well done

I’d never heard of Gary Schwitzer before, but he is fantastic host for the show. He doesn’t meander and gets right to the meat of the topics. And whoever does the audio for the show knows what they’re doing. This may seem a bit off topic, but a lot of podcasts still sound tinny and unprofessional and are pretty much a chore to listen to. Anyway, I like that the information presented challenges conventional wisdom, but is very much based in reality and is evidenced based. Atul Gawande, Gilbert Welch or Norton Hadler would be great future potential guests.

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