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Reporting Zika, Without Panic

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last month, reporter Jonathan Katz was in Haiti when he got the Zika virus. But the mild, flu-like symptoms were nothing like the panicked U.S. coverage of the mysterious illness.

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From Rubella to Roe vs. Wade

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Zika virus has launched a debate in Brazil about abortion. An outbreak of Rubella in the US back in the 1960s did the same here.

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What Do We Even Know About Zika?

Friday, February 12, 2016

An infectious disease specialist explains what scientists understand and don't understand about Zika, and how eradicating mosquitoes is harder than we might think. 

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"Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't"

Friday, February 12, 2016

The WHO declared Zika virus and its potential link to birth defects a "global health emergency" to raise international attention. But when does awareness shift to panic?

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The Zika Effect

Friday, February 12, 2016

Coverage of the Zika virus has dominated global news for weeks, creating lots of panic but leaving many questions unanswered. A look at what we do and don't yet know about Zika.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Health News Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

A bogus study about chocolate and weight loss fooled several news outlets. Here, we present a thorough debunking of health news misreporting.

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To Your Health!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The dodgy world of health news...from scary studies to celebrity-endorsed miracle cures.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Celebrity Expert Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

Toxins, gluten, fad diets, cleanses...and how to separate fact from fiction.  

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Get Your Health Awareness!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The country’s health observances calendar is slated with more than 200 awareness days and weeks and months to satisfy even the choosiest of hypochondriacs.

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Munchausen by Internet

Friday, December 25, 2015

Taryn Harper Wright spends her spare time unraveling the efforts of people who fake illnesses online. 

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Dying Words

Friday, December 11, 2015

New York Times reporter Jeffrey Schmalz was diagnosed with AIDS 25 years ago. The disease changed the way he and others reported on the lives of gay men and women.

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Bacon Bits

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The WHO classified high consumption of processed meats like bacon and sausage as a class one risk factor for colorectal cancer. But contrary to headlines, it's NOT the same as smoking.
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Speaking in Tongues

Friday, October 02, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be like entering a foreign land where you don't speak the language. 

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The War on Prevention

Friday, October 02, 2015

We tend to describe cancer with war metaphors: “battling” the disease, winning the “fight.” But this war language might actually be distorting how we think about cancer prevention.

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What Makes a Great Disease Story?

Friday, October 02, 2015

A rare muscle cancer made David Grover sick—and famous—when he was just a kid. But then the media moved on.

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Perception vs. Reality

Friday, October 02, 2015

The latest cancer cures, fundraising campaigns, and miraculous survival stories are ubiquitous in the news— but cancer coverage rarely reflects real-world cancer incidence rates.

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A Brief Biography of Cancer

Friday, October 02, 2015

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, charts cancer’s 2,500 year history.

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The Cancer Show

Friday, October 02, 2015

A deep dive into cancer: in the media, in language, and in our mind's eye. 

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Munchausen By Internet

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taryn Harper Wright spends her spare time unraveling the efforts of people who fake illnesses online. 

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Broad Questions

Friday, August 28, 2015

The push for a female libido pill reveals misunderstandings about female sexuality. Plus: Jorge Ramos is a real journalist; stock market misreporting; and more.