Resisting the Tide of Health News "Dreck"

Gary Schwitzer
Friday, May 1, 2015

A Minnesota-based website dedicated to improving news coverage of health has been relaunched under the auspices of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. Health News Review was founded nine years ago by Gary Schwitzer, former head of the medical news unit at CNN and founding editor-in-chief of the Mayo Clinic's consumer health website. More than three dozen experts from around the country evaluate news articles and press releases using a 10-point scale developed by the Health News Review staff. In this MinnPost interview, Schwitzer describes "red flags" consumers need to look for in healthcare media coverage.