February 12, 2016 | Story Review

Independent voices boost coverage of potential opioid addiction treatment

Lots of solid reporting on an important topic in this story. The main problems with the piece are the primitive click-bait headline and a lack of hard data from published, peer-reviewed studies.

4 Star

Could This Opioid Implant Really End The Opioid Epidemic?

February 11, 2016 | Story Review

Outside commentary adds clarity to story on potential jet lag therapy

This Reuters piece scores well for bringing needed balance through comments from an outside expert.

5 Star

Flashing night-lights may help lessen jet lag, circadian problems

February 11, 2016 | Story Review

Story on light-based jet lag research goes dark on some key issues

This single-source article on jet lag research needed some outside perspective.

3 Star

Study finds new potential treatment for jet lag

February 7, 2016 | Story Review

Excellent sourcing, but questionable anecdotes, for WSJ piece on same-day hip replacement

Despite many expert opinions and patient voices in this story, we were left wanting more from the coverage.

2 Star

Same-Day Hip Replacement

February 5, 2016 | Story Review

Transferring Mom’s bacteria to C-section babies — but what if the bugs aren’t all friendly?

Generally solid coverage that was too quick to declare this procedure “safe” based on experience with only four babies.

5 Star

Bacteria From Mother May Colonize Cesarean Births

February 4, 2016 | Story Review

How big is the reduction in breast cancer risk linked to a high-fiber diet? 16 percent or 0.2 percentage point?

Despite some strong reporting, this story leaves readers with a misleading impression of the size of the benefit seen in the study.

3 Star

A Diet High In Fiber May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

February 4, 2016 | Story Review

Multiple perspectives elevate CBS coverage of diet-breast cancer link

Though it shares some shortcomings of a competing NPR story, this piece elevates itself slightly with the use of thoughtful independent sources.

3 Star

Teen eating habits may help cut breast cancer risk

January 28, 2016 | Story Review

Sexy but not sensational: STAT strikes the right balance on stem cell diabetes approach

This excellent, cautious examination of a pair of lab studies gives readers everything they need to know without hyping the potential for diabetes treatment.

4 Star

Cell therapy in protective bubble offers hope for diabetes fix

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