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Transparency by drug companies, scrutiny by journalists, vital in vaccine news

Pfizer’s chairman and CEO proclaimed in a Pfizer company news release: “Today is a great day for science and humanity.” In that PR news release – but only in that format – Pfizer announced early results of “a vaccine efficacy rate above 90%, at 7 days after the second dose.” That’s about all we know… Read More »

Crazy week of PR & news on studies should teach us how/what to ignore

August 6, 2020 Posted By Categories Gary Schwitzer is the founder and publisher of HealthNewsReview. He has covered health care news almost exclusively since 1973. Here is his online bio.  He tweets as @garyschwitzer or as @HealthNewsRevu. Getty Images On Tuesday, it was excitement over vaccine news in 12 monkeys. (Journalism example.) On Wednesday, it was excitement over… Read More »

Strong caveats are lacking as news stories trumpet preliminary COVID-19 research

For years medical researchers held off while scientists in other fields embraced online platforms for posting rough drafts of manuscripts, known as preprints. Those websites accelerate basic science by allowing researchers to disseminate findings and get feedback on their work before submitting them to a traditional journal. Some argue that such rapid data sharing is… Read More »

Coronavirus latest news: US overtakes China with most confirmed cases

By Sam Wong , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool New York has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemicMarcus Santos/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock Latest coronavirus updates as of 5.30PM on 27 March US overtakes China with highest number of casesThe US now has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases of any country with… Read More »

News release labeling to combat a global scourge of exaggerated claims

Even with an unfolding pandemic, there’s no shortage of overreaching public relations news releases to mislead the public. It’s particularly dismaying to spot these examples of hype at a time when conveying balanced and accurate messages to the public is arguably more important than ever. They serve as a reminder that like the coronavirus outbreak,… Read More »