July 29, 2015 | Story Review

Story’s “one-two punch” for breast cancer could leave some women knocked out by side effects

This Washington Post article based on a news release is a bit skimpy on the details – no mention of costs, side effects, or study limitations. It also hypes the benefits of a drug combination that weren’t studied here and whose effectiveness is unknown.


3 Star

One-two punch of two generics for breast cancer may be more powerful than wonder drug tamoxifen

July 29, 2015 | Story Review

Evidence-based message on HPV vaccine would have benefited from more specifics

It’s hard to argue with the conclusion here, but the messaging would have been stronger with some numbers and an independent expert voice.

3 Star

Gardasil: Yup. Still Safe.

July 24, 2015 | Story Review 1

WSJ business story on Alzheimer’s drugs missed key aspects of health angle

This business story checked some of our boxes, but fell short on the key criteria that we think readers needed in this discussion of new Alzheimer’s drugs.

3 Star

Lilly’s Alzheimer’s Drug May Slow Patients’ Decline, Study Shows Separate study shows experimental Biogen drug also holds promise

July 23, 2015 | Story Review 1

A pill that neutralizes gluten? Fox rehash of a CBC story reflects polluted health news stream

A poor-quality news release spawned weak coverage from the CBC, which is paraphrased here by Fox with even less context and nuance. Failure on many levels.

1 Star

Pill may make pizza, pasta safe for gluten-free diners

July 23, 2015 | Story Review

Can you jog away from an early grave? This story gives a well-supported, evidence-based answer

How fast should you run to live longer? This story provides clear answer based on the best available evidence.

4 Star

What’s The Optimal Speed For Exercise?

July 22, 2015 | Story Review

Strong look at evidence underlying saliva test for Alzheimer’s

The tone of this story is appropriately calibrated to the preliminary nature of the evidence on offer, with good discussion of study limitations.

3 Star

Could a Saliva Test Help Spot Alzheimer's?

July 22, 2015 | Story Review

Saliva test for Alzheimer’s? Bare-bones report misses a host of concerns

This was a weak, incomplete report about a preliminary study of a saliva test to identify Alzheimer’s disease.

1 Star

Alzheimer’s May Show Up in Saliva

July 19, 2015 | Story Review

Thoughtful and thorough coverage on prenatal tests’ ability to find cancer in mothers

Going beyond the individual stories of the women whose cancers were detected by prenatal testing, this WSJ piece explores the underlying study data as well as the ethical and social issues raised by the research.

5 Star

Prenatal Blood Tests Could Detect Cancer in Mothers


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