April 30, 2015 | Story Review

More incomplete coverage on the benefits of new cholesterol drugs

Relying on an inflated relative risk reduction and failing to discuss potential harms, this story gives readers a too-rosy view of the likely impact of a new class of cholesterol-lowering medicines.

3 Star

New drugs show promise for treating high cholesterol

April 29, 2015 | Story Review

Feel-good story about CPR is long on emotion, short on sobering reality of low success rates

This story about the benefits of bystander CPR leans heavily on the opinions of CPR advocates and cardiac arrest survivors who received CPR. It cites no real evidence, and never acknowledges that procedure has a low success rate and carries potential for harm.

2 Star

At gathering, living proof that CPR can save cardiac-arrest victims

April 24, 2015 | Story Review

Potential harms missing in coverage of Color Genomics cancer test

The failure to discuss potential harms of more widespread testing in more than a general way is a significant omission in this story.

4 Star

Color Genomics Sells $249 Breast Cancer Gene Test to Masses

April 22, 2015 | Story Review

Aspirin for cancer prevention: A few small details would make a big difference in this story

With some wording changes and a few more statistics, this pretty good story about aspirin for cancer prevention would have become demonstrably better.

3 Star

Aspirin May Help Ward Off Gastro Cancers, Study Finds

April 22, 2015 | Story Review

Story on new melanoma drug combo neglects to mention $250,000 price tag

This bare-bones report on a drug trial was probably aimed at investors — but will almost certainly reach consumers as well. We think both groups would be interested in the very high cost of this drug combination.

2 Star

Bristol-Myers immunotherapy combo promising in melanoma: study

April 17, 2015 | Story Review

Labeled as “news”, one MD’s opinion on pap smear/pelvic exam guidelines

FoxNews.com labels this piece as “news” – not as an opinion piece by one physician. ┬áTo use the columnist’s own words in a different context, “I find this outrageous.”

 

2 Star

The real importance of getting a pap smear and pelvic exam

April 13, 2015 | Story Review 1

Autism brain imaging story didn’t deliver clear picture

The short piece in the Washington Post’s “To Your Health” blog was also short on useful information. Our review highlights some areas where the story could have deployed its limited text more effectively.

2 Star

Toddler brain images reveal which may have autism and struggle with language

April 10, 2015 | Story Review

New skin cancer radiation treatment – 5 star story, but….

This is a case where the body text of the story sends one message, but the headline and photos send a different one.

5 Star

Skin Cancer Removal With Miniaturized Radiation

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