Our latest episode features guests from four different departments at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health who trace public health news stories from their scientific journal source to their flashy headlines in popular news media sources. An excellent discussion ensues on how the science communication went awry and what will clue readers in to false information. We finish the episode with HOTSPOT, when guests have to spontaneously define in layman’s terms an important public health term.
Guests include PhD students: Ben Blumberg from Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Beth Linas from Epidemiology, Laysha Oslow from Mental Health, and Eric Simko from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
*Podcast has been broken up into five parts for your listening pleasure. *Links for guest bios and articles are at the bottom.
Part 1 of 5 (31 min): Introduction followed by Beth demonstrating how an article from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is portrayed in the New York Times.
Part 2 of 5 (9 min): Ben picks apart a recent Fox News Story on how “Lobsters Can Make Us Live Forever” …
Part 3 of 5 (14 min) : Eric shows us what NPR does right and wrong concerning the story, “Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans.”
Part 4 of 5 (20 min): Laysha talks about how the National Institute of Mental Health’s new policy on categorizing mental health disorders has ignited public interest.
Part 5 of 5 (28 min): It’s HOTSPOT time! Guests are put on the spot to explain public health jargon in a way that anyone can understand.
Bio & Article links:
— News Media: New York Times, “Drinking When Young Increases Breast Cancer Risk.” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/drinking-when-young-increases-breast-cancer-risk/?_r=0
— Scientific journal source: JNCI, “Alcohol Intake Between Menarche and First Pregnancy: A Prospective Study of Breast Cancer Risk.”
— News article: Fox News, “Lobsters May Be Answer To Immortality.” -http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/12/lobsters-may-be-answer-to-immortality/
-“Source” quoted by Fox yet it’s actually a pay site. “Lobsters Can Help Us Live Forever.”
HowStuffWorks – at least provides references to numerous articles (albeit only 1 truly peer-reviewed)
“Science Says Lobsters Can Live For Ever, But They’re Still Delicious.”
— The original article from 1998, FEBS Letter: “Longevity of lobsters is linked to ubiquitous telomerase expression.”
–News article: NPR, “Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans.”
-Sensationalized News Article: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266168.php
-Critical News Artic;e – http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2013/09/16/no-dean-ornish-and-elizabeth-blackburn-have-not-discovered-the-fountain-of-youth/
— Journal article: The Lancet, “Eﬀect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5-year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study.”
Biography and check out Laysha’s project, Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) http://www.lernetwork.org/
Summary of topic: NIMH’s new policy on RDoC, how that has ignited public interested in the validity of psychiatric diagnoses in the DSM, and the research base for both of the things (both very limited)–and how that relates to access to care and civil rights/public perceptions of “mental illness.”
–News Article, NYT: “Most will be Mentally Ill at Some Point, Study says” http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/07/health/07mental.html
–Journal Article, Archives of General Psychiatry, PubMed record: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15939837
-NIMH Director’s Blog “Transforming Diagnosis” http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2013/transforming-diagnosis.shtml
-RDoC referenced in Insel’s blog http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/rdoc/nimh-research-domain-criteria-rdoc.shtml#toc_matrix
–Video of Leonard Roy Frank at Occupy APA 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4WygjHKA8k
– Click the following for: Joint Statement from APA and NIMH on Shared Interests and APA Statement Re: Dr. Insol’s Blog
-American Psychiatric Association: http://www.psychiatry.org/about-apa–psychiatry
-What is the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)? Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders
-NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health): http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml