This story did a nice job overall of dealing with some complicated issues. It didn’t capture the extent of the relationship that some quoted researchers have with the drug industry.
The supplement company described in this this story has retained five Nobel laureates as scientific advisers–and it’s not shy about trumpeting that fact. Could they be compensating for something?
This story about the benefits of vitamins reads like a primer on how not to approach health journalism. Our story review focuses on the evidence presented; see our related blog post for more discussion of the ethical issues raised by this piece.
A pretty good overview of an interesting study on placebos. It had one significant omission.
With a condition as panic-inducing as Ebola infection has been, stories might be tempted to get over-enthusiastic about the potential for an experimental vaccine. This story didn’t.
When one of the researchers on a study is the CEO of two companies that manufacture the supplement being tested, it’s especially important for stories to include some independent vetting of the results in their coverage. This story didn’t include that outside perspective.
We’re fans of The Washington Post’s “Quick Study” column and we’ve applauded it before. But we thought their coverage of an experimental Alzheimer’s disease treatment lacked crucial details. A competing Fox News story had many of the same shortcomings.
Longer but not better than a competing Washington Post column about the same study. An independent voice could have helped frame these results with the appropriate context.
This story labels common breathing habits with terms like “screen apnea” and “dysfunctional breathing.” Noting a lack of evidence to justify such language, our reviewers flagged the story for disease-mongering.
This story is about a new drug that might help destroy fat under the chin. But is that the only thing it might destroy? Without discussion of potential harms, or mention of the drug’s checkered history, readers might not even realize that’s a question they should ask.