September 3, 2015 | Story Review

Why are so few women being treated for menopause symptoms? “Rational choice” not high on this story’s list of answers

This story doesn’t provide evidence to back up claims that certain therapies mentioned in the story are safe and effective. It also seems to push for treatment, without adequately exploring why some women may decide against it.

3 Star

Women are not getting treated for menopausal symptoms

September 3, 2015 | Story Review

“Sleep Fights Colds”? Study author suggests headline flunks Methodology 101

This story goes too far in some places and not far enough in others when describing the results of a study on sleep and the common cold.

3 Star

Sleep Fights Colds, Study Finds

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


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