Our first of many new guest blog posts for 2015 was written by our Canadian colleague Alan Cassels, "PSA Test: good myths die hard." I expect Alan to be heard from many more times on our site in the future.
Because much of our effort was devoted to orienting our review team and re-launching systematic story reviews, our Watchdog blog was relatively quiet. So I published a Sunday summary of items I thought were noteworthy from throughout the week. A dozen items in all - ethics problems at NBC News, the Washington Post Quick Study column, ProPublica is hot, and some reactions to the "bad luck blamed for 2/3 of cancer" study and stories.
Now, here are links to our systematic story reviews:
A cross-media comparison of how 4 news orgs reported the avocado-cholesterol/heart health study. Bloomberg, NBCNews.com, NPR, and Medical News Today. Note: there were no independent perspectives in any of the stories.
I'm touched by the very first gift to come in the door - from my longtime friend and mentor, Dr. John E. (Jack) Wennberg. Jack, the father of the Dartmouth Atlas, and early promoter of shared decision-making, is now Active Emeritus Professor of Community and Family Medicine in the Dartmouth Medical School and Active Emeritus Professor of The Dartmouth Institute. He made a generous financial donation, after already consistently making a generous intellectual donation whenever I've been in his presence.
That's week one of our new life; more and better coming up.
Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
This project is now supported by a generous grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.