March 22, 2017 | Story Review

Online counseling for high blood pressure: Washington Post wisely includes caveats

We also appreciated the discussion of how common high blood pressure is and why it’s so important to treat.

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Web-based counseling reduces blood pressure, according to a new study

March 21, 2017 | Story Review

NY Times’s look at non-drug heartburn treatments may leave readers confused

It conflates occasional acid reflux (or gastroesophageal reflux, which can cause heartburn) with the more serious problem of GERD, which also can cause heartburn.

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Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead

March 20, 2017 | Story Review

‘Don’t stop your statins,’ urges New York Times blog post that’s only four short paragraphs

The story does not adequately address the quality of the evidence–and this is a major shortcoming considering the limitations.

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Having Heart Surgery? Don’t Stop Your Statins

March 20, 2017 | Story Review

Bloomberg paints rosy picture of virtual reality for PTSD, glossing over the hard evidence

There is clearly a need for new treatments for PTSD, and therefore news stories have a duty to discuss the evidence for and against them–this story didn’t do so.

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These VR Systems Help Treat Veterans Recovering From PTSD

March 16, 2017 | Story Review 1

AP’s evidence-free story on ‘baby box’ giveaway suggests company had an inventive marketing success

Why this box and not any clean box? By registering with the Baby Box University to get their free box, are parents opening themselves up to a deluge of ads for baby products sold on the company website?

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Forget cribs. A cardboard box may be the safest place for your baby to sleep

March 14, 2017 | Story Review

Reuters Health lays out pros and cons of high resolution screening for heart patients; skimps on study limitations

Other approaches to addressing uncertainties about a patient’s heart condition — including stress tests — would have been useful to include.

2 Star

Quality Of Life Following Heart CT Scan May Be Linked To Results, Study Suggests

March 13, 2017 | Story Review

TIME’s ‘pink noise’ sleep machine story gives too-rosy account of benefits

How can a memory test taken after one night of sleeping with “pink noise” demonstrate long-term memory effects? The story is quiet on that issue.

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The Sound of 'Pink Noise' Improves Sleep and Memory

March 13, 2017 | Story Review

Can these 10 foods really ‘cut risk of early death’? NPR overstates the evidence

Despite cautioning readers about some of the limits of observational studies, this story makes many claims that observational data just can’t support.

 

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Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death

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