Posts Tagged ‘health reporting’

Getting a Grip on the Reality of Bariatric Surgery

December 28, 2016 — One of the Top 10 Advances of 2016 in obesity and health is better, more meaningful reporting. Gina Kolata of the New York Times has been producing outstanding reports on obesity for nearly a year. She continued yesterday with an in-depth story about the reality of bariatric surgery. Her latest report is the story of […]

Top 10 Advances of 2016 in Obesity and Health

December 26, 2016 — If you’re looking for signs of progress in obesity and health, you can find it in 2016. Obesity is a tough nut to crack, so we don’t have breakthroughs and cures to report – yet. What we have is solid advances that will make life and health better for people concerned about obesity. Here’s our […]

Magical Blue Cheese Thinking with a Dab of Science

November 28, 2016 — The sciency food news of the week says blue cheese has magical health benefits, thanks to a compound found in aged cheeses – spermidine. Medical Daily tells us: New research suggests that certain types of this rich dairy staple may be able to promote heart health and even extend your lifespan. The Sydney Morning Herald […]

Forget the Health Sites, Dolly Has Better Health Advice

November 22, 2016 — You might think a magazine or website devoted to health is the best place to look for health advice. But unfortunately, you would be wrong about that. A new study of the health advice in popular Australian magazines concludes: Australian magazines, especially those with health in the title, generally presented poor quality, unreliable health advice. Teen […]

Mangled Messages about Saturated Fats

October 19, 2016 — Depending on what you read, you might be firm in your faith that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats is a good strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Or your might wonder about sensational ideas advanced by health reporters like Sandy Hingston and Nina Teicholz. Hingston says “USDA screwed up the American diet – and […]

Sweet Tweets about Nutrition and Health (or Not)

October 18, 2016 — How much scientific rigor can you pack into a seminar about nutrition tweets? At the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Boston yesterday, Cheryl Toner and Heather Mangieri proved you can pack quite a bit. All in the context of nutrition in popular culture. The video on the right – gently poking […]

Blowing Off Steam Will Give You a Heart Attack?

October 12, 2016 — Here’s a clue for reading health news. When you see “linked,” “associated,” or “increased risk,” your antennae should go up. The report you’re reading might be science fiction. Case in point: sloppy reports about an observational study of self-reported emotions recalled after a heart attack. Circulation published the study yesterday. In this study, people who […]

Sowing Anxiety and Confusion about Food

October 8, 2016 — “Sandwiches are wrecking your diet.” “The sugar you can’t resist is killing you sweetly.” These headlines from consumer media represent an anxious theme easily found in reports about nutrition research. Writing in Appetite, Antonia Dodds and Kerry Chamberlain analyze messaging to consumers about food and conclude that at least some nutrition advice may be sowing […]

Stress Can Thwart a Healthful Diet

October 3, 2016 — A casual reading of consumer health advice provides a mountain of tips about “stress-busting” diets. Health.com, for instance, offers up “12 superfoods for stress relief.” But a new study suggests that we might have this concept reversed. In a randomized controlled trial, investigators observed that stressors might blunt the benefits of a healthful meal. The researchers randomized their subjects between […]

Hope for Understanding Obesity?

September 27, 2016 — Getting discouraged about deep public misunderstanding of obesity is way too easy. So waking up to two thoughtful reports in top tier news media – the New York Times and The New Yorker – was a pleasant surprise yesterday. Good reporting can lead to better understanding obesity. First, Gina Kolata wrote a lengthy article in the Times […]