The Health Files Podcast
About This Show
In a world where we are constantly plugged into the internet and social media, we are bombarded with stories about "new studies" or "new research" in health. Whether we want to or not, these stories impact how we see the world, how we think about science and health and our behavior. But what if the news is wrong?
What can you do? When you see an article with “ a new study shows” or "research shows" in the title, tweet it at me @healthfilespod or use the Contact page, and I promise to do my best to follow up on them. Subscribe to the show on your podcasting app and tune in every other week for a new episode.
Together, let’s break the cycle of misrepresentation of health research in the media.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 05: Picking out the bad apples
3 days ago
In this episode we will look at Retractions: what they are, why they are necessary and what makes them so very complicated, and both useful and harmful to researchers and research in general. We will discuss the infamous Andrew Wakefield study, which linked autism and the MMR vaccine and other extreme retraction examples, as well as discuss real data on the rise of retractions, the reasons behind this phenomenon, and possible future improvements to the vital process of self correction in science. To help us meddle through all the details, joining us on the show today we will have Dr Ivan Oransky, vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today, Professor of Medical Journalism at New York University’s Carter Journalism Institute, and one of the founders and main contributors of RetractionWatch, a blog devoted to showcasing retractions of scientific research articles -------------- We want to hear from you! You can find is on twitter @healthfilespod, the Facebook page is called "the health files podcast", you can use the contact us page on the new website www.thehealthfilespodcast.com, or leave feedback in whatever podcasting app you are using to listen to this show. The intro music is by the Band Broke for free, titled Juparo. The links to all the articles I mention in the show are in the discussion post on the new website www.thehealthfilespodcast.com.