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Announcing A Health Journalist Toolkit – To Help Get The Facts Straight

Beyond just evaluation and constructive criticism of news stories, we want to reach out to help journalists.

We know they often struggle with reporting on the costs of treatments, tests, products and procedures. It’s reflected in the facts: after 5 years and nearly 1,500 stories reviewed, we don’t like to report that more than 70 percent of stories fail to adequately address the costs of the stuff they’re covering.

So we talked with journalists and others to assemble our first stab (and that’s all it is – a first stab) at an online list of resources to help journalists explore the costs of health care products and approaches.

There are some links to websites, names, email addresses and phone numbers.

This is just one of many primers and resources offered on our site. Here’s a screen shot of the listing of primers available in the Toolkit. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview Blog*

Myth-Busting With Adam Savage & The Amazing Randi

I’m in Las Vegas at the Science Based Medicine (SBM) conference – where I helped to explain the reasons why science is critical in separating fact from fiction. Following the SBM event, critical thinkers from across the US and Canada gathered to discuss myth-busting in various forms… I really enjoyed meeting up with SBM bloggers, Adam Savage (from the hit TV show, Mythbusters), Jennifer Ouellette (a physicist and Director of The Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences), astronomer blogger Phil Plait, and The Amazing Randy – a magician devoted to exposing medical fraud and the tricks of the trade.

Blogging will be a little light this weekend… please enjoy the pics! (I did get to interview both Adam Savage and James Randi… so stay tuned for those!)


Adam Savage (Mythbusters) & Dr. Val

I'm amazed by Randi

I'm amazed by Randi

The Novella Brothers & Friends

The Novella Brothers & Friends

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