January 18, 2018 | Story Review

‘It’s unknown whether treatment increases survival,’ AP wisely notes about new breast cancer drug

However, the story reports mainly from news releases, misses some important study limitations, and doesn’t include independent voices.

3 Star

US OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

January 16, 2018 | Story Review

HealthDay’s piece on ‘bone cement’ doesn’t hold together

When it comes to an up-and-coming procedure like this, it’s buyer beware.

1 Star

'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Painful Joints?

January 12, 2018 | Story Review

Stem cells for knee problems: WSJ doesn’t explore costs, harms, alternatives

The story does well in giving some background regarding stem cells, and highlighting how this is a growing trend with not a lot of evidence.

3 Star

Stem Cells for Knee Problems? U.S. Doctors Investigate

January 11, 2018 | Story Review 2

NPR’s story on weight loss surgery in teens: Cost info would have improved a well-reported story

The story did a good job describing the study, the potential harms of the intervention, and limitations to the findings.

4 Star

Bariatric Surgery Helps Teens With Severe Obesity Reduce Heart Disease Risk

January 8, 2018 | Story Review

CNN wisely challenges $425,000 price for gene therapy, but what about the claims of effectiveness?

This story provided lots of important details, but not quite enough to help a person answer: Is the treatment–when done in both eyes–worth nearly a million dollars?

3 Star

Gene therapy for rare retinal disorder to cost $425,000 per eye

January 5, 2018 | Story Review

Reuters Health story on glaucoma and drinking hot tea skims over study limitations

But the story had several independent sources, and did a good job describing the study’s design.

4 Star

Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk

January 3, 2018 | Story Review

Exercise and mild cognitive impairment: How solid is the evidence? U.S. News doesn’t say

Nor does it answer: Does exercise help a little? A lot?

3 Star

People With Mild Cognitive Impairment Should Exercise Twice a Week, Research Says

December 28, 2017 | Story Review 2

LA Times provides strong overview on study showing vitamin D and calcium supplements don’t prevent fractures

The story would have been stronger if it had included some commentary from experts in the field who were not associated with the study, though.

4 Star

Do you take calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones? A new study says it doesn't help

December 27, 2017 | Story Review

Little evidence to support assertion in U.S. News story that ADHD drugs can help smokers quit

When it comes to the ADHD drug Vyvanse helping smokers quit, this article is much ado about nothing.

3 Star

ADHD Stimulants Might Help a Smoker With the Disorder Cut Back on Cigarettes

December 22, 2017 | Story Review

No discussion of risks in NPR’s look at brain-zapping implants to treat destructive impulses

But, the story did a good job discussing costs and laying out the study design for readers.

3 Star

Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?


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