Given the suicide risk, news stories ideally emphasize that it remains unclear how this new treatment will compare in terms of effectiveness and safety to existing medicines.
This is a story that’s long on anecdote (from a company spokesperson) and short on medical evidence.
Preliminary rodent research rarely (if ever) rises to the occasion of big health news. We generally recommend putting these studies away and waiting until more conclusive human research comes along.
Benefits are discussed at length, but only in vague terms.
Readers of this story will be given a mostly thorough, non-hyped account of what a new study found.
The story is balanced, provides an excellent summary of the research on the app’s effectiveness for preventing pregnancy, and makes clear the limits of the evidence.
While we appreciate the cautionary signals sent by this story, we would have moved them much higher in the text.
This was a complex study and the story did a good job in presenting it to readers.