October 9, 2015 | Story Review

The blind shall “see”: Fox promotes new visual aid with one woman’s glowing testimonial

This story is based almost entirely on one woman’s experience with the product being profiled. We don’t think that’s thorough enough.

3 Star

OrCam helps the blind math teacher 'see' again

October 8, 2015 | Story Review 3

Optimal balance of competing views on value of CT heart scans

Could heart scans help identify people who don’t need to take statins? This well-written story checks most of our boxes and provides an optimal blend of optimism and skepticism regarding this approach.

4 Star

Heart Scan Can Fine-Tune Risk Estimate for Patients Considering Statins

October 6, 2015 | Story Review 3

Deep dive into the ethics and evidence underlying genetic testing in depression treatment

This is a solid look at an emerging and important topic.

5 Star

Genetic tests for psychiatric drugs spur hope, doubts

October 2, 2015 | Story Review

US News story confused about difference between rats and people

This story, based entirely on a news release, suggests that the findings from a rat study are directly applicable to people. Our reviewers disagree.

1 Star

Health Buzz: Dried Plums May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk The sweet snack can affect gut bacteria, researchers say.

October 1, 2015 | Story Review 1

Home birth vs. hospital: Strong WSJ evaluation of new UK guidelines

Our main suggestion for this otherwise strong story is to quantify the difference in risk seen between hospital and home births.

4 Star

New Support for Home Births U.K. board NICE, in a surprise, rules having a baby at home is safer than a hospital in some low-risk pregnancies

September 30, 2015 | Story Review

A test that identifies women with breast cancer who can “skip chemo”? AP thoroughly analyzes the claim

This Associated Press story does a pretty thorough job addressing our criteria — especially under a tight deadline.

5 Star

Some with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemo, study says

September 29, 2015 | Story Review 5

Ketamine for depression: NPR coverage leans too heavily on proponents

While it did make some attempt to mention limitations of current evidence, this story overall was too enthusiastic about an experimental therapy that has barely been tested.

3 Star

Club Drug Ketamine Gains Traction As A Treatment For Depression

September 28, 2015 | Story Review 1

With just 226 words, NYT can’t deliver needed context on Alzheimer’s agitation study

This story was too economical with its words and didn’t provide the context that was needed. Our review shows what was missing.

3 Star

Combination Drug May Ease the Agitation of Alzheimer’s


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