May 6, 2016 | Story Review

Vox knocks it out of the park with well-done story on new device for menstrual pain

With a dose of healthy skepticism, this story provides the reader with a complete discourse on the merits of this new device.

5 Star

This new device claims to be the "off switch for menstrual pain." And it might actually work.

May 6, 2016 | News Release Review

PR release confuses muscle mass and body fat in vitamin D study

This news release goes too far in implying that vitamin D supplementation leads to improved body composition in young children.

3 Star

Less body fat for toddlers taking vitamin D

May 6, 2016 | Story Review

Online program to prevent depression: Solid effort by NPR, though a key limitation was overlooked

This story includes a clear explanation of the study design and the quantified benefits of an online intervention to prevent depression, but it overlooked an important limitation to the study.

3 Star

An Online Program May Help Prevent Depression In Some People

May 5, 2016 | Story Review

LA Times story mischaracterizes studies on intestinal microbiome

This news story’s call to “drink up” for your “microbiome” mischaracterizes the major scientific contributions of two studies on gut flora.

3 Star

Wine and coffee lovers, drink up! It's great for your microbiome

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