February 5, 2016 | Story Review

Transferring Mom’s bacteria to C-section babies — but what if the bugs aren’t all friendly?

Generally solid coverage that was too quick to declare this procedure “safe” based on experience with only four babies.

5 Star

Bacteria From Mother May Colonize Cesarean Births

February 4, 2016 | Story Review

How big is the reduction in breast cancer risk linked to a high-fiber diet? 16 percent or 0.2 percentage point?

Despite some strong reporting, this story leaves readers with a misleading impression of the size of the benefit seen in the study.

3 Star

A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

February 4, 2016 | Story Review

Multiple perspectives elevate CBS coverage of diet-breast cancer link

Though it shares some shortcomings of a competing NPR story, this piece elevates itself slightly with the use of thoughtful independent sources.

3 Star

Teen eating habits may help cut breast cancer risk

January 28, 2016 | Story Review

Sexy but not sensational: STAT strikes the right balance on stem cell diabetes approach

This excellent, cautious examination of a pair of lab studies gives readers everything they need to know without hyping the potential for diabetes treatment.

4 Star

Cell therapy in protective bubble offers hope for diabetes fix

January 26, 2016 | Story Review

New drug candidate yields “significant weight loss” — but what does that mean?

This business-oriented story missed on some key health aspects of the research being reported on.

3 Star

Zafgen reports promising results from weight-loss drug study

January 25, 2016 | Story Review

Saturday sleep-ins help prevent diabetes? Small, preliminary study got more attention than it deserved

A decent enough job of reporting on a small observational study, but our reviewers questioned whether the study was worth covering at all.

4 Star

Sleeping in on weekends may help reduce diabetes risk

January 22, 2016 | Story Review

“Just add water” for student weight loss? Strong CBS report missed on costs and study limitations

CBS covers a lot of ground in this short report on water coolers in schools but missed some key details.

4 Star

School water coolers may help kids lose weight

January 21, 2016 | Story Review

Stem cells for MS: “remarkable” testimonials risk raising false hopes

This is an incomplete report on a few patients participating in an ongoing study of an experimental MS treatment. The superficial analysis of their results could lead to unrealistic expectations.

2 Star

Cancer treatment offers MS patients hope after 'remarkable' trial results


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