August 29, 2016 | Story Review

Powerful patient video anecdote in STAT’s story overshadows realities of new treatment for essential tremor

It’s hard to think about the potential negative consequences of this treatment after watching a woman’s remarkable recovery in the accompanying video.

4 Star

New treatment offers some hope for an unshakable tremor

August 26, 2016 | Story Review

Breast density and mammograms: LA Times story leans hard on news release

Outside commentary would have made this story much stronger.

3 Star

How often should you get a mammogram? It depends on whether you have dense breast tissue, experts say

August 26, 2016 | News Release Review

Questions abound after reading release associating vaping with reduced harms

An online survey of users found on forums for vaping enthusiasts probably isn’t going to yield very robust evidence. Research into health impacts of e-cigarettes is to be encouraged, but the potential benefits claimed in this news release remain unproven.

3 Star

Vaping may lead to fewer respiratory infections for ex-smokers

August 24, 2016 | Story Review

A pat on the back to Vox for excellent reporting on melatonin

This in-depth, well-research story hit all the right notes.

5 Star

What is melatonin and can it help me sleep?


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