October 7, 2015 | News Release Review

Much to admire in this UVA Health System news release beyond the questionable headline

Though it does at times succumb to the temptation to overstate the results of this research, this news release overall was thoughtful and provides most of the information people should know about the small weight loss study that’s described.

3 Star

Preventing cancer: Study finds dramatic benefits of weight-loss surgery

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


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