January 24, 2017 | Story Review

Philadelphia Inquirer reports clearly on obesity treatments but skimps on research details

How many studies were included? What kind of studies were they? What were the limitations?

3 Star

Research shows you really can lose weight — by combining diet AND exercise AND counseling

January 24, 2017 | News Release Review

Lap band surgery called “safe” and “effective” for very obese adolescents, ignoring those who dropped out of study

The release highlights the success of the lap band but doesn’t say that one-third of the patients had the device removed by the end of the study due to complications or failure to lose weight.

3 Star

Lap Band Surgery Benefits Very Obese Adolescents

January 23, 2017 | News Release Review

Informative release on managing ‘prehypertension’ should’ve toned down the headline

Aside from an overreaching headline and sub-headline, the news release delivers essential information including costs, harms, availability, and study limitations.

4 Star

Personalized treatment for those in blood pressure 'gray zone'

January 20, 2017 | Story Review

Are tonsillectomy guidelines too strict? HealthDay’s too-sharp angle goes beyond what studies found

The studies say that the medical literature is weak on a definitive answer that applies to all kids and that the proper approach depends on the individual.

3 Star

Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?

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