August 28, 2015 | Story Review

Acupuncture for hot flashes: HealthDay strong on placebo effect discussion but missing other details

Adequate but not outstanding, this report on a trial of hot flash treatments did some things very well and left room for improvement in other areas.

3 Star

Acupuncture Best for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors: Study

August 27, 2015 | Story Review

Harms, limitations explored in Reuters Health’s aspirin/colon cancer coverage

A very effective report that gives readers most everything they need to know about the study.

5 Star

An aspirin a day – for years – may keep colon cancer away

August 27, 2015 | Story Review

WSJ fills holes left by incomplete news release on beta-blockers and ovarian cancer

This story provides some context that was missing from an MD Anderson news release about the same study.

5 Star

Heart Drug Linked to Extra Years for Cancer Patients

August 27, 2015 | News Release Review

Oatmeal for breakfast might mean a lighter lunch, says Quaker Oats — but how about some numbers to back it up?

This PepsiCo news release doesn’t do enough to quantify the results of this PepsiCo-funded study.

2 Star

Instant oatmeal for breakfast may help curb your appetite at lunch

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