September 2, 2015 | News Release Review

Study appropriated as promotional vehicle for robotic prostate cancer surgeon

This news release seems to be more about promoting the issuing physician’s practice than informing readers about the study that’s discussed

1 Star

Are You At Risk? 5 Different Types of Prostate Cancer Found

September 1, 2015 | Story Review

Stem cells for spinal cord injury: story lacks detail on how improvements were defined and measured

This looked to be a breaking news story that might be targeted at investors. But it will certainly also reach consumers, including patients and family members of those with spinal cord injuries. It’s important for the sake of such readers to provide details and context about the study being reported on.

3 Star

Asterias's stem cell therapy shows promise in study

August 28, 2015 | Story Review

Acupuncture for hot flashes: HealthDay strong on placebo effect discussion but missing other details

Adequate but not outstanding, this report on a trial of hot flash treatments did some things very well and left room for improvement in other areas.

3 Star

Acupuncture Best for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors: Study

August 27, 2015 | Story Review 1

Harms, limitations explored in Reuters Health’s aspirin/colon cancer coverage

A very effective report that gives readers most everything they need to know about the study.

5 Star

An aspirin a day – for years – may keep colon cancer away


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