August 15, 2017 | Story Review

Strong recap on cancer blood test should have challenged survival claims

Limitations of the research and the rarity of nasopharyngeal carcinoma would have been helpful to include, too.

4 Star

Silicon Valley Startup Grail Sees Hope for Cancer Blood Test

August 14, 2017 | Story Review

ABC News story on new ALS drug included many caveats–except the most important one

This new drug comes with many limitations, and patients deserve to know all of them.

3 Star

New ALS drug Radicava comes with new questions as well

August 10, 2017 | Story Review

NBC News says gene test ‘may help treat depression,’ but doesn’t back up claim

The story also overlooks the potential harms of genetic testing.

2 Star

Finding the Right Medication: Gene Test May Help Treat Depression

August 8, 2017 | Story Review 4

Managing ‘mummy tummy:’ More study details would’ve tightened informative NPR piece

A few more cautionary details would have helped the piece on this front.

3 Star

Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

August 7, 2017 | Story Review

AP story says new drug ‘cures’ hepatitis C, but that’s no guarantee patients will be spared cirrhosis or liver cancer

The story was strong on one point that’s often weak in health care news reporting: The price of treatment.

3 Star

FDA OKs new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

August 7, 2017 | Story Review

Cautious tone underpins HealthDay’s story on experimental treatment to reduce kidney transplant rejection

The article includes most of the needed cautions, shortcomings and barriers to clinical use of what remains an experimental treatment.

4 Star

Novel Procedure Improves Kidney Transplant Success

August 4, 2017 | Story Review

STAT puts $950 DNA-based fertility test under the microscope

The story does a thorough job of describing the test and bringing home the crucial point that the type of risk information may be more anxiety-producing than helpful.

5 Star

Can a genetic test really boost your odds of becoming pregnant?

August 4, 2017 | Story Review

More discussion of study’s limitations needed in NPR’s story on chronic fatigue test

Also, the story talks about work to develop a commercially available test, but there is no discussion of what such a test might cost.

3 Star

Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’

August 1, 2017 | Story Review

Do PET scans improve dementia diagnosis? LA Times story overlooks harms of screening

This is an important but emerging area of science–and news coverage needs to make that clear.

3 Star

Is it Alzheimer’s or another dementia form? Why doctors need to distinguish and how they might do so

July 31, 2017 | Story Review

Stem cell brain implants–what could go wrong? Guardian doesn’t say

The bottom line is: We are talking about approximately 20 male mice.

4 Star

Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

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