October 6, 2015 | Story Review

Deep dive into the ethics and evidence underlying genetic testing in depression treatment

This is a solid look at an emerging and important topic.

5 Star

Genetic tests for psychiatric drugs spur hope, doubts

October 6, 2015 | News Release Review

American College of Radiology pushes regular mammograms at 40 – but lacks detail on benefits and harms

If a news release is going to urge women to get regular mammograms starting at age 40, it should quantify the benefits of starting at that age and discuss the potential downsides.

3 Star

Annual Mammography Starting at Age 40 Still Best Way to Saves Lives from Breast Cancer

October 3, 2015 | News Release Review

More context would be helpful on kidney cancer “breakthrough”

Although it has some notable strengths, this release misses some details that would help readers understand the risk/benefit tradeoff involved with this “Breakthrough Therapy.”

3 Star

Breakthrough study demonstrates survival advantage with immune checkpoint inhibitor for advanced kidney cancer patients

October 2, 2015 | Story Review

US News story confused about difference between rats and people

This story, based entirely on a news release, suggests that the findings from a rat study are directly applicable to people. Our reviewers disagree.

1 Star

Health Buzz: Dried Plums May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk The sweet snack can affect gut bacteria, researchers say.


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