April 29, 2016 | Story Review

Strong on sources, weak on data: CBS story on using marijuana for painkiller addictions

The story relies heavily on anecdotes, and while these personal stories are weighed against the perspectives of outside researchers, with much research being cited, we are never given needed details on what that research contains.

3 Star

Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

April 28, 2016 | Story Review

Medical Daily story on Mediterranean diet study mostly echoes news release

Lacking independent sources and a robust discussion of the study’s limitations, this story was thin on any information not already provided in the news release.

3 Star

Mediterranean Diet Protects Heart Disease Sufferers From Heart Attack, Stroke

April 27, 2016 | Story Review

ABC joins bandwagon, puts rosy spin on stem cell therapy, this time for muscular dystrophy

This story fails to counter rosy statements by a physician and a patient with realistic assessments of the potential benefits and pitfalls of an unproven procedure for a fatal disease with no known cure.

2 Star

Teen Feels 'Hopeful' After Experimental Stem Cell Procedure on Damaged Heart

April 26, 2016 | Story Review

Reuters Health story wisely notes limitations of NEJM study on treating mini-strokes

For a study as confusing as this one from the New England Journal of Medicine, this brief story does a good job of describing it, as well as some its limitations.

3 Star

Aggressive 'mini-stroke' therapy may cut serious stroke risk by half

April 25, 2016 | Story Review

NBC story built around one patient’s amazing stroke recovery; skimps on data suggesting result is unusual

A powerful anecdote obscures information gaps in this story about stroke surgery.

2 Star

New Stroke Treatment Saves Lives, Improves Recovery

April 21, 2016 | Story Review

Globe story on experimental autism treatment is all anecdote, no data

This story had no data, no broader perspective, no independent voices, no pushback at all on the claims made. For readers hopeful to read about a new autism treatment, all of this is important.

3 Star

Tracking the risks and rewards of transcranial magnetic stimulation

April 21, 2016 | Story Review

Philly physician Q&A hits many key points on newer allergy treatments

Although it’s missing any hard quantitative research data, the story hits a good number of high notes and benchmarks in the “news you can use” category.

4 Star

More than shots, there's new help for allergy sufferers

April 19, 2016 | Story Review

HealthDay story overstates scope of mammography screening study in younger women

The story didn’t discuss the limitations of risk assessments, nor explain or define what “risk” really means. The headline also overstated the scope of the study. These issues–paired with a lack of information on costs and screening harms–add up to an incomplete story.

2 Star

Many women could benefit from earlier mammograms, analysis finds


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