February 5, 2016 | News Release Review

Chocolate for preeclampsia prevention? Medical society hints at benefits even though study reports the opposite

This release hypes an inconclusive study and in the process will mislead some readers into thinking that chocolate helps reduce the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy. A rare 0-star review.

0 Star

The benefits of chocolate during pregnancy

February 5, 2016 | Story Review

Transferring Mom’s bacteria to C-section babies — but what if the bugs aren’t all friendly?

Generally solid coverage that was too quick to declare this procedure “safe” based on experience with only four babies.

5 Star

Bacteria From Mother May Colonize Cesarean Births

February 4, 2016 | News Release Review 1

Reduced side effects for children undergoing proton therapy? Mass General PR release doesn’t make the case

Facts matter but this release on a study purportedly showing that proton therapy causes fewer long term side effects than traditional (photon) therapy in treating childhood brain tumors doesn’t give us all the facts and obscures others.

3 Star

Proton therapy controls common pediatric brain tumor with fewer long-term side effects

February 4, 2016 | Story Review

How big is the reduction in breast cancer risk linked to a high-fiber diet? 16 percent or 0.2 percentage point?

Despite some strong reporting, this story leaves readers with a misleading impression of the size of the benefit seen in the study.

3 Star

A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

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