Health News Review
  • Mar 6 2015

    Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test

    Better than a competing story from ABC News. A few additions would have given a more complete picture on a new way to read treadmill tests.

    No Comments 3 Star
  • Mar 6 2015

    How a New Treadmill Test Predicts ‘Survival of the Fittest’

    ABCNews.com

    This story describes a new way to calculate mortality risk from a treadmill test as a silver bullet that can save lives in minutes at no cost and no risk. A competing LA Times story on the same study was better.

    No Comments 2 Star
  • Mar 5 2015

    Young girl’s story may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil

    This story is about access to a marijuana-based extract called cannabidiol oil. But we’re not necessarily talking about something that’s synthesized at the local dispensary. This is a pharmaceutical cannabidiol product that can be obtained with FDA permission by physicians through an Investigational New Drug application. The story should have made this clear.

    No Comments 2 Star
  • Mar 5 2015

    Sex in Old Age May Lead to a Sharper Mind

    The provocative headline for this story might have things backwards.

    No Comments 2 Star
  • Mar 4 2015

    Should Pregnant Women Eat More Tuna?

    A good overview of why government nutrition authorities are considering a revision on their guidance for tuna consumption during pregnancy.

    No Comments 4 Star
  • Mar 3 2015

    Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines

    This story describes a small, ongoing study that touted lidocaine delivered to the back of the nasal cavity as an effective treatment for migraines. Although the story notes that the findings are preliminary, it does not inform us that the study wasn’t randomized or placebo-controlled; these are major drawbacks in interpreting the effectiveness of the procedure.

    No Comments 2 Star
  • Mar 2 2015

    App ‘trains’ your brain to see better

    FoxNews.com

    This story improves upon other recent Fox News efforts by including an independent expert perspective — the lack of which we commented on in a blog post about Fox News last week. But while our star score reflects that improvement, we still don’t think this story contributes very much to the public dialogue about health care.  Our concerns are detailed in the review.

    No Comments 4 Star
  • Feb 28 2015

    Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others

    A study finds lower rates of gestational diabetes, but also more small babies, stillbirths, and newborn deaths in women who had bariatric surgery prior to their pregnancies compared with obese women who didn’t have surgery.

    No Comments 3 Star
  • Feb 27 2015

    Phone support can help ease postpartum depression

    A generally complete report on a study of peer phone counseling for postpartum depression.

    1 Comment 4 Star
  • Feb 27 2015

    Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D

    Many consumers and health care providers continue to hope that a pill, including a seemingly harmless one like vitamin D, will be the solution to a host of chronic diseases. This story explains why that thinking has a lot of holes in it.

    1 Comment 4 Star