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

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 4

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

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

September 28, 2015 | Story Review 2

A bowlful of ‘super berry’ claims backed by zero evidence

The “Medicine Hunter” makes another string of outrageous claims backed by zero evidence.

2 Star

'Super' berry may help boost memory, heart health

September 26, 2015 | Story Review

Texting your way to heart health? NPR thoroughly examines the evidence

Adding some numbers to the description of benefits would’ve filled in this otherwise complete picture of the study.

5 Star

Text Reminders Help People Lower Cholesterol, Blood Pressure

September 24, 2015 | Story Review

Useful details in reporting on vaccine treatment for precancerous cervical lesions

An excellent assessment of a vaccine treatment that took extra steps to provide readers with key information.


0 Star

Vaccine offers new hope for removing precancerous cervical lesions


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