March 28, 2017 | Story Review

Vox touts ‘simple way to help combat opioid epidemic’ that is anything but simple

This story highlights the dangers of taking both opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepines–but it misses the mark by stating it would be “simple” to fix this problem.

2 Star

Researchers just uncovered a simple way to help combat the opioid epidemic

March 27, 2017 | News Release Review

Stereotactic radiation for elderly lung cancer patients: release makes unjustified claims

This release would have been improved dramatically with some description of tumor size, type of cancer and study limitations.

2 Star

SBRT Offers Curative Option for Lung Cancer Patients Age 80 and Older

March 27, 2017 | Story Review

CBS News speculates about what at-home sperm-checking device ‘could’ do

The story focuses on the many unvetted possibilities of this device; it could “shake up the world of fertility testing” and it “could also potentially be used by men who have had a vasectomy to monitor their progress.”

2 Star

Sperm problems? Smartphone device could screen for infertility

March 23, 2017 | News Release Review

Benefits of early referral to palliative care were measurable, so why omit numbers from the release?

Absolute numbers — readily available in the study — showing the results were not included in the news release. But the release provides good context in other areas.

3 Star

Palliative Care Consults for Patients with Advanced Cancers Reduces Hospitalization and Improves Quality of Care

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