February 22, 2017 | Story Review

TIME is upfront about new psoriasis drug’s black box warning for suicidal behavior risk

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.

4 Star

How a New Psoriasis Drug Is Different From Others

February 21, 2017 | Story Review

In story on vision-improving headset, WSJ left most important detail in the dark

This is a story that’s long on anecdote (from a company spokesperson) and short on medical evidence.

3 Star

For the Blind, an Actual-Reality Headset

February 16, 2017 | Story Review

Invasive weed kills superbugs? All we know is it might work in mice

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.

2 Star

Common weed could help fight deadly superbug, study finds

February 14, 2017 | Story Review 2

‘The most effective intervention we have:’ NY Times glosses over risks of bariatric surgery

Benefits are discussed at length, but only in vague terms.

3 Star

Why Weight Loss Surgery Works When Diets Don’t

February 14, 2017 | Story Review

In story on experimental blood test, CNN goes where few dare–the test’s sensitivity and specificity

Readers of this story will be given a mostly thorough, non-hyped account of what a new study found.

4 Star

Blood test might make Parkinson's diagnosis easier, study says

February 13, 2017 | Story Review

An app a day keeps pregnancy away? BuzzFeed’s informative look at Natural Cycles app gets a gold star

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.

5 Star

This App Says It’s As Good As The Pill At Preventing Pregnancy, But Experts Want More Evidence

February 10, 2017 | Story Review 1

USA Today story on ‘FODMAP’ diet for tummy troubles gives readers plenty to bite on

While we appreciate the cautionary signals sent by this story, we would have moved them much higher in the text.

4 Star

Low-FODMAP diet catches on among people with digestive misery

February 8, 2017 | Story Review

NY Times deftly describes findings of study on using hormone blockers for prostate cancer recurrence

This was a complex study and the story did a good job in presenting it to readers.

4 Star

Hormone Blockers Can Prolong Life if Prostate Cancer Recurs


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