April 28, 2017 | Story Review

Informative journalism or promotional puff piece? U.S News & World Report story blurs the line

Without any discussion of evidence, this story makes big claims that border on disease-mongering.

2 Star

Treating Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy

April 28, 2017 | News Release Review

Bold claims of a cure for drug-resistant malaria needed more explanation

The release should have mentioned how long recovered patients were followed and been a bit more transparent about financial matters, including patents on the drug.

3 Star

Patients with drug-resistant malaria cured by plant therapy developed at WPI

April 27, 2017 | News Release Review

Johns Hopkins gives nice snapshot of study on imaging test add-on for kidney tumors

This release offers a good summary along with mentioning the need for a larger study to confirm the findings.

4 Star

Noninvasive Imaging Test Shown Accurate in Ruling Out Kidney Cancers

April 26, 2017 | News Release Review

Kudos to medical group’s summary of alternative treatment for hepatitis C in children

The release is transparent about potential conflicts of interest and provides a good snapshot of the benefits. The release would have been better if it dialed back on the sensational language and included the cost of this pricey drug.

4 Star

Investigational dose of oral interferon-free treatment can cure hepatitis C in children

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