November 22, 2017 | Story Review

Be wary of news headlines promising to unlock secrets of ‘living longer’

As a TIME story points out, a new study on light activity and reduced mortality can’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, yet the story never really explains why this is the case.

2 Star

Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House

November 21, 2017 | Story Review

Spit test for concussion detection: CNN story includes some important caveats

However, the story could have provided more information on the potential harms of screening tests, as well as expected costs.

4 Star

Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

November 17, 2017 | Story Review

Skimpy, source-free ABC News story on new blood pressure guidelines unlikely to help readers much

Any time medical experts spout the routine lifestyle advice, reporters should press them to explain what is really likely to change for people.

3 Star

More than 103 million Americans will have high blood pressure under new guidelines

November 16, 2017 | Story Review

CNN is clear on the comparative benefits of two drugs for opioid use disorder

But more needed to be said about the potential harms of the treatments–which carry risks–as well as their general availability and cost.

3 Star

Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds

November 14, 2017 | Story Review

‘Regular painkillers work as well as opioids for fractures,’ but is this new information?

The story is exceptionally concise — a news brief rather than a feature — but does a good job of describing the study and placing it in the context of the “opioid crisis” in the U.S.

3 Star

Regular painkillers work as well as opioids for sprains, strains and fractures

November 13, 2017 | Story Review

BuzzFeed story on IUDs and cervical cancer warns readers ‘these are observational studies’

Yet it didn’t give enough details on how cervical cancer rates compared among groups.

3 Star

IUDs Are Linked To A Lower Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds

November 8, 2017 | Story Review

Preliminary Alzheimer’s study involving plasma infusions–was this really newsworthy?

Although one of the researchers calls the work exciting, we’re not sure what he’s talking about.

3 Star

Blood From Young People Safe and Just Might Help Alzheimer’s Patients

November 6, 2017 | Story Review

NYT dives deep into potential impact of stent study, but needed more specifics on what was measured

That said, the story contains lots of helpful detail on the limitations of the study.

4 Star

‘Unbelievable’: Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain

November 6, 2017 | Story Review

WSJ’s look at stent study: Solid reporting, with room for more detail on costs and risks

A robust discussion of what the study measured was a strong point of this story.

4 Star

Study Raises Questions About Stents in Some Heart Patients

November 2, 2017 | Story Review 1

‘Dramatic benefit’ of surgery in kids with epilepsy–potential harms clearly outlined

The story also discusses the potential hurdles in getting insurance coverage for the procedure.

4 Star

First test of anti-epilepsy surgeries in children shows dramatic benefit


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