The story also makes it clear that the researchers are still trying to understand the connection between depression and sleep.
Diet studies are guaranteed instant news hooks, so it’s important that stories about them offer abundant context and detail.
However, readers may ignore those facts and instead only remember the two very positive patient anecdotes, which, while inspiring, don’t reflect the reality of how many people benefit.
There’s no evidence provided in the story to show that this test does anything to improve health outcomes for women.
The story was strong on many points, though we wished it had better explained what a qualified health claim is, and why changing guidelines based on one study can be risky.
A discussion of the costs would have made it even stronger.
Fecal stool tests can be a reasonable screening test for some people, as long as folks are made aware of the constraints that accompany these tests.
The story also appears to lean heavily on an Imperial College press release.
The story would have been stronger if it had mentioned the steep costs of these drugs.
A thorough, nuanced and balanced examination of a re-analysis of two major PSA trials show the complexities involved in PSA screening research and underscores the difficulty physicians and patients face when it comes prostate cancer prevention.