October 19, 2017 | Story Review

Readers will be swept in by Newsweek’s story on pending muscular dystrophy drug, but what does the evidence show?

Given the vividness of anecdotal accounts, the research details in a story like this must be a dominant and detailed part of the story.

4 Star


October 17, 2017 | Story Review

WSJ wisely reports on Ebola vaccines: ‘It is unknown…what antibody levels are needed to protect patients’

That said, we think the story would have been stronger had it been more clear on the industry connections behind the study, and if it had discussed availability of the vaccine–especially if a new outbreak occurs.

4 Star

Ebola Vaccines Show Promise in New Study

October 16, 2017 | Story Review 1

HealthDay rehashes news release in uncritical look at breast cancer screening

Based on research, to what degree do these various screening methods save lives? The story doesn’t say.

2 Star

Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

October 11, 2017 | Story Review

Drink more water to reduce UTI risk, urge researchers who work for Evian’s manufacturer

Health care is full of potential conflicts of interest — not even water consumption is off limits.

3 Star

Hate UTIs? One Simple Step Can Cut the Risk

October 10, 2017 | Story Review

New York Times is upfront about risk of ‘absolutely crazy’ prices for gene therapy treatment

But the story left out some outstanding questions that remain about the treatment, such as the fact that we don’t know if the benefits are temporary.

4 Star

In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease

October 10, 2017 | Story Review

AP makes it clear that gene therapy has uncertain future for treating ALD

However, the story appears to mischaracterize current treatment options for the disease, and overlooked the potential harms of gene therapy.

4 Star

Gene therapy helps boys with 'Lorenzo's Oil' disease

October 6, 2017 | Story Review

‘May help’…’may prevent:’ Conditional statements water down TIME’s look at exercise and depression study

The story also would have benefitted from an independent source to comment on the findings.

3 Star

Just One Hour of Exercise a Week May Help Prevent Depression

October 3, 2017 | Story Review

AP’s write-up on a new continuous blood sugar monitor–where’s the proof that it works?

This brief piece announces FDA approval of a blood glucose monitor that does not require blood testing via finger pricks.

3 Star

FDA OKs continuous blood sugar monitor without finger pricks

October 3, 2017 | Story Review

Study limitations needed more attention in Inquirer’s look at whooping cough vaccine study

It would have helped to see the study’s results characterized in more absolute terms, and the quality of its evidence discussed in slightly more detail.

4 Star

Study: Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy protects newborns

September 28, 2017 | Story Review

CNN speculates about benefits of preliminary research finding on potential CTE biomarker

Many news outlets covered this research, which could leave readers with the impression the finding is closer to clinical use than it really is.

4 Star

Researchers identify CTE biomarker that may lead to diagnosis while alive


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