September 25, 2017 | Story Review

Sleep deprivation for depression: Philadelphia Inquirer gives readers needed context on study limitations

The story also makes it clear that the researchers are still trying to understand the connection between depression and sleep.

4 Star

Strange but true: Sleep deprivation can help depression. Penn scientists want to know why

September 22, 2017 | Story Review

Is one study of 51 men enough to declare the ‘two-week diet’ is better for dropping pounds?

Diet studies are guaranteed instant news hooks, so it’s important that stories about them offer abundant context and detail.

3 Star


September 21, 2017 | Story Review

AP’s story on cancer immunotherapy quickly mentions low success rate

However, readers may ignore those facts and instead only remember the two very positive patient anecdotes, which, while inspiring, don’t reflect the reality of how many people benefit.

4 Star

The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me?

September 20, 2017 | Story Review

ABC News touts affordability of at-home BRCA test without delving into any drawbacks

There’s no evidence provided in the story to show that this test does anything to improve health outcomes for women.

3 Star

What to know about the new affordable at-home BRCA genetic mutation test

September 19, 2017 | Story Review

Solid report from NYT on peanut product that claims to reduce allergy risk

The story was strong on many points, though we wished it had better explained what a qualified health claim is, and why changing guidelines based on one study can be risky.

5 Star

New Product Is First to Claim It May Reduce Peanut Allergies

September 15, 2017 | Story Review

Reuters Health deftly reports new data on hormone therapy for menopause

A discussion of the costs would have made it even stronger.

5 Star

Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

September 14, 2017 | Story Review

U.S. News compares accuracy of colon cancer screening tests, but what about costs?

Fecal stool tests can be a reasonable screening test for some people, as long as folks are made aware of the constraints that accompany these tests.

3 Star

Fecal Occult Stool Tests for Colorectal Cancer Screening

September 13, 2017 | Story Review

Guardian leaves out a key potential conflict of interest in story on statin study

The story also appears to lean heavily on an Imperial College press release.

2 Star

Statins cut the risk of heart disease death by 28% among men, study shows

September 12, 2017 | Story Review

HealthDay cautiously reports results of Opdivo melanoma study

The story would have been stronger if it had mentioned the steep costs of these drugs.

4 Star

Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

September 7, 2017 | Story Review

STAT provides readers with necessary details to make sense of new PSA screening study

A thorough, nuanced and balanced examination of a re-analysis of two major PSA trials show the complexities involved in PSA screening research and underscores the difficulty physicians and patients face when it comes prostate cancer prevention.

4 Star

A new study claims prostate cancer screenings significantly reduce deaths. Not everyone agrees


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