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Lisa Masterson

TV not always a healthy channel for advice

TV not always a healthy channel for advice

Your family doctor doesn't work with a teleprompter. And there wasn't a live studio audience the last time you put on a hospital gown — thankfully. Television is great for sports, reality shows and reruns of "The Big Bang Theory," but if you're getting your health information from TV, you might not be as well-informed — or as healthy — as you could be.

One problem, says Dr. Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is that TV doctors who are accomplished in one or more fields — Dr. Mehmet Oz, for example, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and a professor of surgery at Columbia University — end up discussing topics...