NBC’s Snyderman to host daily health news show

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Nancy Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor for NBC News, will anchor a one-hour daily show about health news and issues that will air on MSNBC beginning June 29.

According to the press release, Snyderman “will tackle everything from health and wellness tips and medical breakthroughs to in-depth looks at health policy as it makes its way through Washington.”

“The abundance of medical and health information means that we have more news than newscasts at NBC. This program will give us a chance to integrate medical news with politics, health policy, and the health concerns of our consumers,” said Snyderman.

The show, which apparently doesn’t yet have a name, will air at noon on weekdays.

Snyderman previously worked for ABC, which suspended her for a week after she made a radio commercial for Tylenol. She later left ABC to become vice president of medical affairs for Johnson & Johnson – maker of Tylenol.

Just one review of her work is posted at HealthNewsReviews.org but it met only one of 10 criteria the site lays out for responsible health reporting. The piece was deemed to be “disease-mongering.”

5 thoughts on “NBC’s Snyderman to host daily health news show

  1. Gary Schwitzer

    HealthNewsReview.org has actually reviewed four of Snyderman’s segments so far in 2009. The titles, dates, and excerpts of these reviews follow.

    http://www.healthnewsreview.org/review/review.php?rid=1994
    Birth Control for Men
    May 5
    Excerpt of review: “In almost every way, this story overstates the benefits and essentially ignores the risks and limitations of testosterone injections for male contraceptive use.”

    Can you recover from autism?
    April 17
    http://www.healthnewsreview.org/review/review.php?rid=1973
    Excerpt of review: “This story dangles hope of recovery in front of parents of children diagnosed with autism. Indeed, the word “hope” is invoked four times. However, the story provides neither evidence that the therapy program is responsible for the improvement in the featured patient nor any details of how this intervention differs from standard therapies used to manage the symptoms of autism.”

    Lose weight while you sleep?
    February 9
    http://www.healthnewsreview.org/review/review.php?rid=1844
    Excerpt of review: “NBC gave 5.5 minutes of free publicity to Glamour magazine’s pseudo-scientific experiment, then made bold, baseless projections that women would “probably add about 7 years to their life”. Amazing.”

    http://www.healthnewsreview.org/review/review.php?rid=1834
    Today’s Matters of the Heart: Dr. Nancy’s Personal Wake-up Call
    February 4
    Excerpt of review: “A 6-minute segment almost completely devoid of evidence and data, riding the single personal anecdote of the network’s medical editor. Disease-mongering. Incomplete story on heart CT scans.”

    Gary Schwitzer
    Publisher, HealthNewsReview.org
    Associate Professor
    University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication

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