April 27, 2015 | News Release Review

Exaggeration at the NIH? Mouse study release may go too far in suggesting “reversal” of multiple sclerosis

Despite its four-star score, this release isn’t clear about the fact that this was an early-phase animal study.

4 Star

Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis

April 24, 2015 | Story Review

Potential harms missing in coverage of Color Genomics cancer test

The failure to discuss potential harms of more widespread testing in more than a general way is a significant omission in this story.

4 Star

Color Genomics Sells $249 Breast Cancer Gene Test to Masses

April 23, 2015 | News Release Review

Is this volunteer program really “reversing part of the aging process”?

While we love the concept of this study, this release ignores the overall negative findings of the research, and instead highlights results from a small group of men within the study.

3 Star

Study: Civic engagement may stave off brain atrophy, improve memory

April 22, 2015 | Story Review

Aspirin for cancer prevention: A few small details would make a big difference in this story

With some wording changes and a few more statistics, this pretty good story about aspirin for cancer prevention would have become demonstrably better.

3 Star

Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds


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