January 20, 2017 | Story Review

Are tonsillectomy guidelines too strict? HealthDay’s too-sharp angle goes beyond what studies found

The studies say that the medical literature is weak on a definitive answer that applies to all kids and that the proper approach depends on the individual.

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Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?

January 19, 2017 | Story Review

CBS barely dodges observational study trap with hot chili pepper story

In this study, hot chili peppers were associated with a longer life but also lower income and higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.

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Good news for people who love spicy food

January 19, 2017 | Story Review 1

‘Coffee might slow down aging?’ That’s a stretch

In an observational study on inflammation researchers identified caffeine as having an inhibitory effect on one gene associated with inflammation. But there’s scant evidence for the article to suggest that lowering inflammation levels — or drinking coffee — will prevent diseases associated with inflammation.

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How Your Morning Coffee Might Slow Down Aging

January 13, 2017 | Story Review

Guardian’s look at weekend warrior study: Why no mention of (plentiful) limitations?

But, we were pleased to see the inclusion of an independent source, who helped establish what was novel about the study findings.

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Weekend workouts can benefit health as much as a week of exercise, say researchers

January 13, 2017 | Story Review

Newsweek confuses association with causation in ‘weekend warrior’ exercise story

Researchers saw an association with physical activity and reduced risk of death when looking at data–they did not prove it’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

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January 11, 2017 | Story Review

Reuters Health succinctly and accurately summarizes study looking at bystander CPR and survivor rates

The story did a good job providing exact numbers on what the researchers measured, and it mentioned a few limitations to the study.

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Bystander CPR may boost survival odds when ambulance delayed

January 10, 2017 | Story Review 1

Medical evidence for lumbar support runs counter to claims made in U.S. News & World Report story

If research reveals that wearing an inexpensive back brace stands to actually help alleviate pain and accelerate recovery compared to alternatives (e.g. drugs and surgery), it’s newsworthy. That wasn’t the case here.

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Can Lumbar Support Devices Relieve Lower Back Pain?

January 3, 2017 | Story Review

By including independent viewpoints, STAT takes a more measured approach to coverage of brain cancer immunotherapy

When reporting on a single case study, journalists should use abundant caution to avoid overselling the research.

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CAR-T therapy makes early inroads in treating brain cancer


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