2005 Archive

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Oxytocin Study Results “Too Good to Check”
November 29, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Neglected adoptees and hard-wired unhappiness.

Media Sticks Poisonous Popcorn Bags to Teflon Chemical
November 28, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Activist group plays media with whistleblowing claims.

"Toxic" Toys Not "Toxic"
November 22, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Naughty PIRG doesn't play nice with science; Europe banned phthalate in toys over objections of its own scientific advisory committee.

Kids Using Sleeping Pills
November 20, 2005
Rebecca Goldin and Grace Harris
USA Today avoids hysteria; New York Times hides an opinion with a lot of random stats.

TV Sex Study Sexed Up
November 18, 2005
Kaiser Family Foundation findings ignore their earlier study to make a more dramatic point.

Divorce Study Authors Respond to Critique
November 17, 2005
Body of evidence supports our conclusions, say authors; groups not comparable in study, says Dr. Goldin

Chasing a Drug Free Buzz
November 16, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Teen choking games turn deadly

How Bad is Divorce?
November 14, 2005
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D.
Media and researchers incorrectly compare low-conflict marriages to divorce.

Dueling Numbers on Asbestos Claims
November 10, 2005
Rebecca Goldin Ph.D.
STATS Study: What’s fairer for asbestos victims - the tort system or the FAIR asbestos act?

PIRG's Toxic Warnings on Trace Chemicals
November 07, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
EU finds common flame retardant poses no health risk; NIH panel pour cold water on PIRG's phthalate baby fears.

Adults Increasingly Removed From Teen Reality
November 02, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Psychiatrist diagnoses new teen identity disorder while kids cut back on drugs, booze and sex.

Elle’s Strange Trip Into Prescription Drug Abuse and Rapid Detox
October 25, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
"The Busy Woman's Detox" is a highly toxic piece of reporting.

NIH Panel Unable to Validate Key Finding
in Swan Phthalate Baby Study

October 17, 2005
Trevor Butterworth and Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D.
Independent experts find no correlation between phthalates and biomarkers for reproduction.

Are Teen Sex Trends Smashing Taboos?
October 06, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Survey makes for great tabloid headlines, but data remains coy.

Wall Street Journal Gives Skewed
Account of Risk From Phthalates

October 05, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
Lack of critical reporting on study methods leads readers to believe chemicals are threat to reproductive health.

Congressional Fury Over Meth Strategy
October 03, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Are politicians and the media missing the point on meth?

Crazy Cancer Warning on Chips and Fries?
August 30, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
California - the " Health Scare State" - seeks warning label over acrylamide.

A Helping Hand for a Huckster?
August 29, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Anecdote undermines New York Times expose of "Natural Cures."

Rapid Detox Fails Clinical Trial
August 24, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Media favorite no miracle cure; but will journalists cover negative findings?

New Risks From Tylenol Raise Question About Chronic Pain Treatment
August 18, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
What about opioids?

New York Times Underplays Boot Camp Abuse, Lack of Success
Maia Szalavitz, August 17, 2005
Story examines "promising business opportunity."

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fears Fueled by Few Drinks
Trevor Butterworth, August 15, 2005
Evidence that even moderate drinking during pregnancy can affect child's mental development.

LA Times One-Sided Account of Alcohol Survey
August 10, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Article ignores experts who favor harm reduction methods - focuses on "uneducated parents"

The Media Go Into "Crack Baby" Mode Over Meth
August 10, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
But NYT, NBC coverage may do more harm to children then good.

The Media's Meth Mania
August 04, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
The media's insistence that meth is the new crack is at odds with federal data and drug strategy: so what's the real story?

Health-Beat Journalists Should Be Certified
August 04, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Watching television coverage of health news "an unhealthy act," says professor.

Poisonous Chemicals or Poisoned Media Coverage?
July 22, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
CDC report on environmental chemical exposure triggers wildly different response in media.

Drug Czar's Office Slams Faulty Drug Abuse Statistics
July 18, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
The Center for the Abuse of Statistical Analysis is at it again.

New Study Suggests Phthalates No Threat to Male Fertility
July 14, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Media not very interested in study showing controversial chemical has no ill effect on semen.

Is Bisexuality Among Men a Myth?
July 06, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Hot new study has no hard evidence.

Plastic Toy Terror
July 06, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Once again, incomplete reporting leads to pointless scaremongering.

A Health Scare That Stinks?
June 27, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Should you be worried about phthalates in cosmetics and toys?

Steroids and Teenage Girls
June 21, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
A trend in the wrong direction or a study misunderstood?

Media Claims Phthalates (Might) Cause Genital Defects
May 27, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
But the study itself did not even consider this hypothesis.

Chronic Pain in Florida: Déjà Vu All Over Again?
May 25, 2005
Maia Szalavitz
Methadone scare story short on facts, balance.

Will a Few Extra Pounds Lead to a Longer Life?
May 24, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
A mathematician explains why two recent studies on obesity could produce radically different numbers - and how the media ignored the real issue.

Overcome by Dishwashing
April 29, 2005
Trevor Butterworth
Cancer panic over U.S. research showing chlorine and antibacterial soap produce chloroform; toothpaste pulled from British department stores.

The New York Times Afflicts the Afflicted
April 20, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
Effects of unhealthy living impossible to reverse by midlife, paper claims.

60 Minutes Biased Examination of Teen Binge Drinking
April 19, 2005
Maia Szalavtiz
Segment ignored division among experts over how to deal with underage alcohol abuse.

Media Miss Abstinence Study Flaws
March 24, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
Study fails to control for important confounding factors; confounds judgement on value of abstinence.

A Spoonful of Bile
February 15 2005
Trevor Butterworth
The Sugar Association pays for a “consumer” website to scare the public with pseudo-science about Splenda.

Colorectal Cancer is Red Meat for Media
January 20, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
But how much risk is there from red meat?

Are Aleve’s Problems Due to Chance?
January 12, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
Media ignores statistical significance in evaluating risk.

Is Your Child Fat?
January 03, 2005
Rebecca Goldin
The definition of “overweight” is hard to come by.