Which journalists reported an extra dimension on the 3-D mammography story?

“Which journalists reported an extra dimension on the 3-D mammography story?”By Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

Faithful to the latest journal article, many news organizations dutifully reported what they were told by authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography.“  The list of stories that resorted to sensational language – breakthrough, game-changer, best way of detection, any woman should have this, lifesaver – was long.

But a few news organizations – and reporters – stood out for asking tougher questions. The list is incomplete. But it gives you an idea of what a difference independent perspectives, asking tough questions, and independently vetting claims – not just practicing journal stenography – can make for ensuring accuracy, balance and completeness in health care news.

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Note: See also Gary Schwitzer’s interview on this topic on Healthstyles, a program of the Center for Health Media & Policy at Hunter College on WBAI radio in New York City.

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