February 12, 2016 | Story Review

Independent voices boost coverage of potential opioid addiction treatment

Lots of solid reporting on an important topic in this story. The main problems with the piece are the primitive click-bait headline and a lack of hard data from published, peer-reviewed studies.

4 Star

Could This Opioid Implant Really End The Opioid Epidemic?

February 11, 2016 | Story Review

Outside commentary adds clarity to story on potential jet lag therapy

This Reuters piece scores well for bringing needed balance through comments from an outside expert.

5 Star

Flashing night-lights may help lessen jet lag, circadian problems

February 11, 2016 | Story Review

Story on light-based jet lag research goes dark on some key issues

This single-source article on jet lag research needed some outside perspective.

3 Star

Study finds new potential treatment for jet lag

February 11, 2016 | News Release Review 2

Asbestos exposure? This release will scare you into buying their cancer screening test

This release relies on one of the most powerful myths of cancer treatment: that early detection saves lives.

2 Star

The test that reveals cancer sooner

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