May 21, 2015 | Story Review

Weak CBS story on IBS test has same problems as related med center news release

This story has many of the same problems as the news release we reviewed on this topic.

1 Star

New tests offer hope for millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome

May 21, 2015 | News Release Review

Exploding a prominent medical center’s claims of a “simple” and “definitive” test for irritable bowel syndrome

There are two sides to every story, and this news release gives only one of them. The rosy description provided belies some big questions about how useful this test really is.

2 Star

Definitive tests for irritable bowel syndrome developed at Cedars-Sinai: New blood tests will speed up diagnosis for the most common GI disorder

May 21, 2015 | Story Review 2

Post coverage of new lung cancer test misses on caveats, costs, and harms

We like the way this story frames a less-invasive lung cancer test in terms of reduced costs and harms. But the piece really needed an independent expert to help sort out the evidence and provide context.

3 Star

New test could sharply reduce risky, costly lung cancer biopsies

May 20, 2015 | News Release Review

European Society of Cardiology back on our News Release Wall of Shame

We’ve called out the BMJ and The Lancet for incomplete news releases describing observational studies in recent weeks. Now it’s the European Society of Cardiology’s turn for the same treatment.

2 Star

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