Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yet another problem with American health care...
TV HEALTH NEWS DANGEROUS: CRITICS
Warning: Health news can be bad for your health.
So says University of Minnesota professor Gary Schwitzer, a longtime health journalist who sounded the alarm this week after analyzing hundreds of medical news reports from the past three years.
Schwitzer, who evaluates articles for HealthNewsReview.org, reserves his harshest criticism for the early-morning television news shows.
"They're all dreadful -- just dreadful, sensational, cheerleading, advocacy, and hype that doesn't evaluate cost, doesn't evaluate evidence [and] doesn't scrutinize the harms and the benefits," said Schwitzer. "This is stuff that can do harm -- that's why I really am angry." ... [NY Post]