December 9, 2016 | Story Review

Guardian’s story on strobe lights: Mouse research on Alzheimer’s again finds its way to mainstream audience

This is a study that is important for researchers, but one we think probably didn’t need a wide general audience in mainstream news publications.

2 Star

Strobe lighting provides a flicker of hope in the fight against Alzheimer’s

December 8, 2016 | Story Review

Exercise leads to ‘better’ sperm? TIME story doesn’t tell us by how much

And it left out a very important limitation of the study: It didn’t look at whether these changes had any impact on fertility.

4 Star

Exercise May Be the Key to Better Sperm

December 8, 2016 | Story Review

Reuters Health story on light therapy for drivers is a shining example of solid medical journalism

Ample independent researchers were included, and the measured benefits of the intervention are stated clearly.

5 Star

Driving home from night shift may be safer with light therapy

December 5, 2016 | Story Review

LA Times strikes the right balance by reporting evenly on both harms and benefits of ‘magic mushrooms’ for cancer patients

The story discusses the potential benefits in depth, which is good, but fails to quantify those benefits, which was a weak point.

4 Star

Ingredient in magic mushrooms is shown to ease anxiety and depression in cancer patients in one dose

December 2, 2016 | Story Review

STAT’s roundup of allergy treatment research needed discussion of costs

Parents curious about these forthcoming treatments are likely already wondering if they’ll be affordable, but the story skirts any discussion of pricing.

4 Star

Allergy treatments enter a new era — with a focus on stopping reactions before they start

November 30, 2016 | Story Review

AP story on skin patch sweat monitor may make readers wonder: News or marketing?

The story rightly cautions that the technology is “experimental” and notes that additional research is needed. But if that’s the case, it’s not clear why this is newsworthy

2 Star


November 30, 2016 | Story Review

Thorough WSJ report on insomnia treatments would have benefited from cost comparison

Because it lacks information on costs, readers can’t answer an important question: Can I afford it?

4 Star

Can’t Get to Sleep? Lay Off the Drugs

November 29, 2016 | Story Review

NPR story says older patients ‘can benefit’ from lung cancer surgery, but study didn’t show that

Unfortunately the story relies more on patient anecdotes than evidence.

2 Star

Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery


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