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

August 27, 2015 | Story Review

WSJ fills holes left by incomplete news release on beta-blockers and ovarian cancer

This story provides some context that was missing from an MD Anderson news release about the same study.

5 Star

Heart Drug Linked to Extra Years for Cancer Patients

August 23, 2015 | Story Review 2

Reader question on OTC pain relievers generates thorough, evidence-based response

This story provides an evidence-based response to a reader question on commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers. The details may come as a surprise to those who think these pain relievers are interchangeable.

5 Star

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.

August 21, 2015 | Story Review

Should you track your fat with a whole-body scan? Many experts would say no, but WSJ coverage lacked a critical voice

This story checked most of our boxes but still felt inadequate — a missed opportunity to critically examine the use of a health technology that doesn’t seem to offer much tangible benefit.

3 Star

Too Much Fat? Try a Whole-Body Scan Procedure gives far more data than a body-mass index

August 19, 2015 | Story Review

Can new psychotherapy help with deep, long-lasting grief? It’s “complicated,” says The Times

Strong overall characterization of a new form of therapy for “complicated” grief. A critical perspective is provided, though we had a few suggestions for how that aspect of the story could have been beefed up.

3 Star

A Grief So Deep It Won’t Die

August 19, 2015 | Story Review

Video games as medicine? Sourcing a strong point in coverage of regulatory aspects

Strong on regulatory issues, this story about potential video game therapies didn’t pay quite enough attention to effectiveness issues for our liking.

2 Star

'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'


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