October 8, 2015 | Story Review 1

Optimal balance of competing views on value of CT heart scans

Could heart scans help identify people who don’t need to take statins? This well-written story checks most of our boxes and provides an optimal blend of optimism and skepticism regarding this approach.

4 Star

Heart Scan Can Fine-Tune Risk Estimate for Patients Considering Statins

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 3

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


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