This short piece focuses on the story of one patient’s (thus far) successful treatment for a particularly aggressive cancer. It does a nice job with this limited material, but taking a broader look at the evidence would’ve yielded a stronger, more useful story.
Celebrities can be a force for knowledge or nonsense when it comes to health care. This New York Times piece fact checks an op-ed by Angelina Jolie Pitt against the recommendations of several experts.
The claims made by one of the authors of a very small, short-term study — that vitamin D “made the cancer better” — deserved a more thorough analysis than this story provided. But the bottom line message was accurate.
This is another Fox News story that teases the reader with a hyped-up headline, but then fails to offer data to back it up. Here are some previous instances where we’ve called Fox out on its preposterous cancer headlines, conflicted sources, and evidence-free reporting.
A nice distillation of efforts to screen more men for bone density that could have been improved with cost, harm, and quality of evidence information.
While this story about e-cigarettes checks most of our boxes, its 4-star score conceals some significant gaps in the coverage. Read the complete review for details.
This USA Today story is easy-to-read and has many consumer-friendly details, but it missed the mark on a few important points.
This story reports on the results of a study entitled, “Predicting the Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging.” In doing so, it confuses mild cognitive impairment with Alzheimer’s disease, never noting the difference between the two conditions.
A solid job overall reporting on a study that suggests pathologists frequently misdiagnose conditions that fall short of invasive breast cancer.
This story did an efficient job of checking off most of our boxes. We applaud the 5-star score, but we can never resist the temptation to offer a few suggestions for improvement.