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

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Fiber and your gut bacteria: coverage of small, preliminary study raises many questions, offers few answers

This story did a reasonable job of covering an individual study, but the piece raises questions about whether this early-stage research was worth writing about at all.

3 Star

In Defense of Fiber: How Changing Your Diet Changes Your Gut Bacteria

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Nonsense masquerading as news in Fox coverage of “cancer-fighting spices”

This is an incomplete piece of fluff journalism that makes many unsupported claims about the anti-cancer properties of various spices.

2 Star

Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful way to eat healthy

June 29, 2015 | News Release Review

A “practice-changing” test for DCIS — but does it impact results that matter to patients?

This release focused on how the results of a test changed doctors’ treatment recommendations. It didn’t address whether those revised recommendations would improve outcomes for patients.

2 Star

Journal of Surgical Oncology Publishes Study Showing Oncotype DX® DCIS Score™ Result Changes Treatment Recommendations in 30 Percent of DCIS Breast Cancer Patients Physicians Ranked Oncotype DX DCIS Score Most Important Factor in Treatment Planning

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