December 5, 2016 | Story Review

LA Times strikes the right balance by reporting evenly on both harms and benefits of ‘magic mushrooms’ for cancer patients

The story discusses the potential benefits in depth, which is good, but fails to quantify those benefits, which was a weak point.

4 Star

Ingredient in magic mushrooms is shown to ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients in one dose

December 5, 2016 | News Release Review

Psilocybin for treating depression in cancer patients: Informative 5-star release from Johns Hopkins

This release is very thorough in addressing benefits, potential side effects and study design in a meaningful way.

5 Star

Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Eases Existential Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer

December 2, 2016 | Story Review

STAT’s roundup of allergy treatment research needed discussion of costs

Parents curious about these forthcoming treatments are likely already wondering if they’ll be affordable, but the story skirts any discussion of pricing.

4 Star

Allergy treatments enter a new era — with a focus on stopping reactions before they start

December 2, 2016 | News Release Review

Screening frail patients before surgery: JAMA release clearly lays out benefits of intervention

But it needed information about the limitations of the study, such as the lack of a control group.

3 Star

Use of Frailty Screening Initiative before Surgery Associated with Reduced Risk of Death


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