April 24, 2015 | Story Review

Potential harms missing in coverage of Color Genomics cancer test

The failure to discuss potential harms of more widespread testing in more than a general way is a significant omission in this story.

4 Star

Color Genomics Sells $249 Breast Cancer Gene Test to Masses

April 22, 2015 | Story Review

Aspirin for cancer prevention: A few small details would make a big difference in this story

With some wording changes and a few more statistics, this pretty good story about aspirin for cancer prevention would have become demonstrably better.

3 Star

Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds

April 22, 2015 | Story Review

Story on new melanoma drug combo neglects to mention $250,000 price tag

This bare-bones report on a drug trial was probably aimed at investors — but will almost certainly reach consumers as well. We think both groups would be interested in the very high cost of this drug combination.

2 Star

Bristol-Myers immunotherapy combo promising in melanoma: study

April 17, 2015 | Story Review

Labeled as “news”, one MD’s opinion on pap smear/pelvic exam guidelines

FoxNews.com labels this piece as “news” – not as an opinion piece by one physician.  To use the columnist’s own words in a different context, “I find this outrageous.”

 

2 Star

The real importance of getting a pap smear and pelvic exam

April 13, 2015 | Story Review 1

Autism brain imaging story didn’t deliver clear picture

The short piece in the Washington Post’s “To Your Health” blog was also short on useful information. Our review highlights some areas where the story could have deployed its limited text more effectively.

2 Star

Toddler brain images reveal which may have autism and struggle with language

April 10, 2015 | Story Review

New skin cancer radiation treatment – 5 star story, but….

This is a case where the body text of the story sends one message, but the headline and photos send a different one.

5 Star

Skin Cancer Removal With Miniaturized Radiation

April 9, 2015 | Story Review

More likely to frighten than inform

This story embraces a study’s finding that “women aren’t getting enough” omega-3s during pregnancy. We thought the story could have provided more context with that message.

3 Star

Pregnant Women: Get More Omega-3s

April 8, 2015 | Story Review

Managing the stress of cancer

Less than half of the patients who participated in a group stress management program 11 years ago were recruited into a long-term follow-up study of their outcomes. We thought that key limitation deserved some discussion in this story about the study.

2 Star

Managing the stress of cancer

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