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The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News: Interview #3: Shannon Brownlee

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:01pm
The Antidote: Counterspin for Health Care and Health News: Interview #3: Shannon Brownlee: "What would you like to see health journalists covering more? Are there gaps in coverage that you think could be filled usefully?

I'd like to see us following the money a little more assiduously. There are remarkably few investigative journalists in medicine, and there's so much to cover. I'd also like to see more skepticism. Where were the really critical journalists when researchers announced recently that CT-scanning for lung cancer could save lives? That research was full of holes, and any reporter who had the sense to go to one of several experts in screening epidemiology would have learned there was more to the story than met the eye."

Unfortunately, health reporting in India leaves a lot to be desired. This is especially true, now that the lines between advertising and editorial have become so blurred !
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