August 28, 2015 | Story Review

Acupuncture for hot flashes: HealthDay strong on placebo effect discussion but missing other details

Adequate but not outstanding, this report on a trial of hot flash treatments did some things very well and left room for improvement in other areas.

3 Star

Acupuncture Best for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors: Study

August 27, 2015 | Story Review

Harms, limitations explored in Reuters Health’s aspirin/colon cancer coverage

A very effective report that gives readers most everything they need to know about the study.

5 Star

An aspirin a day – for years – may keep colon cancer away

August 27, 2015 | Story Review

WSJ fills holes left by incomplete news release on beta-blockers and ovarian cancer

This story provides some context that was missing from an MD Anderson news release about the same study.

5 Star

Heart Drug Linked to Extra Years for Cancer Patients

August 23, 2015 | Story Review 1

Reader question on OTC pain relievers generates thorough, evidence-based response

This story provides an evidence-based response to a reader question on commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers. The details may come as a surprise to those who think these pain relievers are interchangeable.

5 Star

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.

August 21, 2015 | Story Review

Should you track your fat with a whole-body scan? Many experts would say no, but WSJ coverage lacked a critical voice

This story checked most of our boxes but still felt inadequate — a missed opportunity to critically examine the use of a health technology that doesn’t seem to offer much tangible benefit.

3 Star

Too Much Fat? Try a Whole-Body Scan Procedure gives far more data than a body-mass index

August 19, 2015 | Story Review

Can new psychotherapy help with deep, long-lasting grief? It’s “complicated,” says The Times

Strong overall characterization of a new form of therapy for “complicated” grief. A critical perspective is provided, though we had a few suggestions for how that aspect of the story could have been beefed up.

3 Star

A Grief So Deep It Won’t Die

August 19, 2015 | Story Review

Video games as medicine? Sourcing a strong point in coverage of regulatory aspects

Strong on regulatory issues, this story about potential video game therapies didn’t pay quite enough attention to effectiveness issues for our liking.

2 Star

'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'

August 18, 2015 | Story Review

Strong report on study of broader multigene breast cancer testing

A pretty solid report on a study of multi-gene cancer test panels. We had a few modest suggestions for improvement.

5 Star

Testing for more breast cancer genes offers useful information

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