Are Celebrities Crossing the Line on Medical Advice?

USA Today
Date Published: 
December 22, 2009

Doctors say they can understand why patients sympathize with celebrities and closely follow their battles with serious illnesses. It helps to know that health problems can even affect celebrities.

Yet celebrities — who can command huge audiences and sell thousands of books — have a special responsibility to get their facts right, says Bradford Hesse, who studies health communication at the National Cancer Institute. Many doctors say they're troubled by stars who cross the line from sharing their stories to championing questionable or even dangerous medical advice.