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I started reporting for CNN in 1980 when the network was only 6 weeks old. I stayed for 17 years, including a decade as Medical Correspondent. Click for more info on some of my CNN stories and programs.
Information that is accurate and presented in the proper context is the first necessary ingredient of knowledge. As a Board Member and former President of the Association of Health Care Journalists. I am working to help colleagues do a better job covering our beat, so that individuals and nations can develop their knowledge of health and health care.
In addition to supporting better coverage of health and medicine through AHCJ, I am a reviewer at HealthNewsReview.org Working under the leadership of publisher and Univ. of Minnesota journalism professor Gary Schwitzer, we use 10 criteria to grade stories about medical tests and treatments.
I have written and produced episodes of "Medical Detectives" for The Learning Channel. The series portrays mysteries (both criminal and epidemiological) that are solved by scientific investigations by real-life "Quincys." "With Every Breath" and "Deadly Formula" repeat occasionally. Check the "Medical Detectives" schedule.
What a volcano has to do with career choices
If cars were sold like health care coverage!
In recent years, I've written for web sites including www.the-scientist.com, ReutersHealth.com, and a site that was folded into WebMD called the Sapient Health Network
Oncology Times has given me the opportunity to write a regular column about medicine in the media... and to dig deep into some complex medical issues of the day. For example, why does the nation invest relatively little in research on the number one cancer killer: lung cancer? And while some ads may imply whole-body CT scanning can find treatable cancers early, there is little science to suggest that healthy people benefit... and they may end up being harmed by unnecessary radiation exposure and invasive medical follow-up.
The column debuted in the Dec. 10, 2006 issue. "Selected Articles" link at www.oncology-times.com
Other articles and series:
THE ONCOLOGY TIMES INTERVIEW: Brian Druker, Now Director of a Cancer Institute, on His Bold Plan to Make Oregon's Cancer Mortality Rate the Lowest in the Nation
Why doesn't it get the respect its gargantuan toll demands
Why does the nation's research investment in lung cancer lag behind that of other cancers?
Trials and tribulations of recruiting celebrities to speak about lung cancer
George Harrison: Where was the anger over tobacco cutting off his music?
Tobacco: There is so much to learn and so many lives at stake.
Tobacco Taxes: Good for smokers?
"Safer" cigarettes: Are they really?
Selected Cover Stories
A Chat with Lance Armstrong about surviving cancer.
Can We Stop Teen Smoking?
Some of these items can be found on my Tobacco page.
I am available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics involving health and media coverage.
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