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Improving the coverage of women's health in medical journals  
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/2/5

Compares how women's health was represented in leading general medical literature versus women's health specialty journals. Concludes that women's health specialty journals provided more balanced coverage, addressing social concerns in addition to gynecological facts.

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Published: 2002
Improving public understanding: guidelines for communicating emerging science on nutrition, food safety, and health for journali  
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/jnci%3B90/3/194.pdf?ijkey=ce55db8972b4c8e263dfe40b2ef1deb56fee0d55

Discusses the emerging science on nutrition, food safety, and health, and provides guidelines for communicating findings.

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Published: 1998
The effectiveness of public health campaigns

Looks at the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions in changing behaviour generally, and more specifically, at the evidence concerning mass media campaigns.

Published: 2004
A journalist's guide to covering prescription drugs  
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/BC_Office_Pubs/journalist_guide.pdf

Presents a checklist for reporters and editors who are covering stories on presription drugs. Compiled by the authors of Drugs in the News: How well do Canadian newspapers report the good, the bad and the ugly of new prescription drugs?

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Published: 2003
Consuming identities: young women, eating disorders and the media  
http://www.cewh-cesf.ca/PDF/bccewh/consuming-identities.pdf

Addresses how media images influence young women's emerging self–concepts. Examines the relation between identity and eating disorders. Identifies gaps in literature and explores ways to improve prevention.

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Published: 2000
Mixed messages: women, tobacco and the media
Results of a research project examining the representation of women and smoking in four media, including women's magazines, newspapers, films, and TV, between 1989 and 1994. Reveals that images of tobacco and smoking are present in media consumed by young girls and women. Also suggests that media does not portray women as independent or making healthy choices. Combined, these facts make it more difficult for girls and young women to avoid tobacco and make healthy lifestyle choices. Concludes by recommeding that young women be taught media literacy, and that anti-tobacco education and health promotion be developed that is addressed towards girls and young women.
Published: 1996
Giving legs to restless legs: a case study of how the media helps make people sick  
http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0030170
Demonstrates that news coverage of restless legs syndrome exaggerates the prevalence of disease and the need for treatment, and fails to consider the problems of overdiagnosis. (See Details)
Published: 2006
Gender for journalists  
http://www.cpu.org.uk/cpu-toolkits/gender_reporting/index.html
Provides journalists with an understanding of gender issues, and of the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society, so that their reporting will be accurate and gender sensitive. (See Details)
Published: 2006?
Back talk: media-wise and feeling good
Describes how the media and advertising influences beliefs and behaviour (e.g., self image and tobacco use), while affecting women's health. Promotes informed decision-making regarding media consumption and healthy lifestyles. Shows young women how they can learn to use and control the production of media to create a more positive and healthy personal environment. Expands young women's understanding of the relationship between media literacy and health and well-being, offering constructive ways to express dissatisfaction with the status quo and work for positive change.
Published: 1996
Women's health: reading between the lines  
http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/gba/reading.html
Suggests ways the public can critically evaluate news reports on health issues. Points to questions to consider while reading an article on a health study and where to look for further information. (See Details)
Published: 2004