July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Report on “immersive” colonoscopy features lots of flash, but few evidence-supported facts

With sweeping, unsupported statements about the benefits of 3-D colonoscopies, this report reads more like a news release from a device company rather than an objective piece of health journalism.

2 Star

A virtual "walk" through the colon could detect cancer earlier

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Fiber and your gut bacteria: coverage of small, preliminary study raises many questions, offers few answers

This story did a reasonable job of covering an individual study, but the piece raises questions about whether this early-stage research was worth writing about at all.

3 Star

In Defense of Fiber: How Changing Your Diet Changes Your Gut Bacteria

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Nonsense masquerading as news in Fox coverage of “cancer-fighting spices”

This is an incomplete piece of fluff journalism that makes many unsupported claims about the anti-cancer properties of various spices.

2 Star

Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful way to eat healthy

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Waiting too long to challenge claims of “perfect accuracy” in a pancreatic cancer test

This reasonably strong coverage of a new pancreatic cancer test needed a more aggressive rebuttal of claims to “perfect accuracy.”

3 Star

A blood test for pancreatic cancer may re-stack the odds in patients' favor

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Harms, limitations missing from news release-based coverage of pancreatic cancer test

This story about a new pancreatic cancer test didn’t dig deeper than a news release announcing the study results.

2 Star

MD Anderson researchers find potential way to detect pancreatic cancer early

June 26, 2015 | Story Review 5

Enthusiasm for “100% accurate” pancreatic cancer test does not reflect limited evidence quality

Because pancreatic cancer is, as the story says, highly lethal once diagnosed, a possible early detection test is worth news coverage. But because of those same high stakes, any screening test deserves a thorough critical appraisal.

2 Star

Blood Test Might Detect Deadly Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages

June 25, 2015 | Story Review 1

Why is U.S. News allowing a Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon to promote a device in its health news pages?

In a display of very questionable editorial decision-making, U.S. News and World Report allows a neurosurgeon to write about a new technology that his institution has a stake in promoting.

2 Star

A Ray of Hope for Patients With Malignant Brain Tumors

June 24, 2015 | Story Review

WaPo hypes diet that “reboots” the body and “reduces cancer risk”; offers no supporting evidence

An enthusiastically superficial account of a study looking at modified fasting to reduce risk factors for disease. There is little useful information here.

0 Star

Here’s how a five-day diet that mimics fasting may ‘reboot’ the body and reduce cancer risk

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