July 2, 2015 | Story Review

Benefits of readmission to same hospital for post-op complications: Coverage lacking in critical evaluation

This story capably summarizes the researcher’s conclusions, but doesn’t address the limitations or implications of the research. There was plenty more ground to cover here.

2 Star

For post-op complications, go back to the same hospital: study

July 2, 2015 | News Release Review

Careful account of vitamin D study closes with questionable recommendation on testing

An otherwise strong report on a study about vitamin D and inflammation takes a wrong turn at the very end when it encourages readers to inquire about testing their vitamin D levels.

4 Star

Weight loss plus vitamin D reduces inflammation linked to cancer, chronic disease

July 2, 2015 | Story Review

Report on stroke clot-removal guidelines emphasizes need for careful patient selection, care coordination

This generally solid story about new guidelines for clot removal during strokes would have benefited from a few statistics describing the benefits.

4 Star

Heart Association's Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device If clot-busting drugs don't work, device can be used to pull the blockage out through the artery

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Report on “immersive” colonoscopy features lots of flash, but few evidence-supported facts

With sweeping, unsupported statements about the benefits of 3-D colonoscopies, this report reads more like a news release from a device company rather than an objective piece of health journalism.

2 Star

A virtual "walk" through the colon could detect cancer earlier

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