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Newcastle Herald

"Hunter study discovers chronic cough treatment"

Newcastle Herald

27 Aug 2012

Rating: (3½ stars)

A MEDICATION designed for pain and epilepsy has potential benefits for sufferers of often-untreatable chronic cough, a Hunter study has found.
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The Australian

"Chocolate a sweetheart deal"

The Australian

16 Aug 2012

Rating: (5 stars)

A SPOONFUL of sugar is meant to help the medicine go down, but Australian researchers have proposed a treatment for blood pressure that needs no sugar coating: dark chocolate.
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ABC Science Online

"Weights linked to lower diabetes risk"

ABC Science Online

07 Aug 2012

Rating: (3 stars)


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NineMSN

"Low-risk people benefit from heart drugs"

NineMSN

06 Aug 2012

Rating: (3½ stars)

People at low risk of a heart attack could still benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, researchers say.
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ABC Science Online

"Blood test takes risk out of prenatal testing"

ABC Science Online

05 Jul 2012

Rating: (4½ stars)

The days of pregnant women having an eight-centimetre-long hollow needle jabbed into their abdomens may be numbered.
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The Australian

"HIV home testing kit approved"

The Australian

04 Jul 2012

Rating: (3½ stars)

THE United States has authorised sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.
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Sydney Morning Herald

"New breast cancer drug shown to prolong life"

Sydney Morning Herald

04 Jun 2012

Rating: (3½ stars)

A DRUG that delivers a powerful poison to tumours without some of the side effects of traditional treatments can delay the worsening of breast cancer and also appears to prolong lives, according to a new study.
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'Bad' medical reporting - a history of shooting the messenger?

06 May 2012

This story published recently by The Conversation discusses the quality of reporting health news in...
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04 Mar 2012

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04 Mar 2012

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what media doctor is

Media Doctor is a website dedicated to improving the accuracy of media reports about new medical treatments.

Media Doctor reviews current news items about medical treatments, assesses their quality using a standardised rating scale and presents reviews of good and bad examples of reports on this website. It is anticipated that these independent and objective critiques will improve journalistic practices in reporting new medications and treatments in Australia.

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what media doctor is not

Media Doctor does not provide medical advice, and does not assess the quality of the evidence on which the stories are based; instead we concentrate on the articles themselves. For more information on the treatments featured on this site, visit our links page.

who is media doctor?

The team behind Media Doctor consists of a group of academics and clinicians from the Newcastle Institute of Public Health, who have an interest in promoting better and more accurate reporting in the area of medical treatments.

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