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.  To 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

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

April 9, 2015 | Story Review

More likely to frighten than inform

This story embraces a study’s finding that “women aren’t getting enough” omega-3s during pregnancy. We thought the story could have provided more context with that message.

3 Star

Pregnant Women: Get More Omega-3s

April 8, 2015 | Story Review

Managing the stress of cancer

Less than half of the patients who participated in a group stress management program 11 years ago were recruited into a long-term follow-up study of their outcomes. We thought that key limitation deserved some discussion in this story about the study.

2 Star

Managing the stress of cancer

April 2, 2015 | Story Review 1

Learning to Say No to Dialysis

This story questions the orthodoxy around dialysis, especially for seniors, and calls for a more involved and deliberative decision-making process prior to its use.

4 Star

Learning to Say No to Dialysis

April 2, 2015 | Story Review 3

The MIND diet: 10 foods that fight Alzheimer’s (and 5 to avoid)

Eating to protect heart health has become common.  This story left too much out to establish whether eating to protect brain deserves similar attention.

2 Star

The MIND diet: 10 foods that fight Alzheimer’s (and 5 to avoid)

March 30, 2015 | Story Review

Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

This short piece focuses on the story of one patient’s (thus far) successful treatment for a particularly aggressive cancer. It does a nice job with this limited material, but taking a broader look at the evidence would’ve yielded a stronger, more useful story.

3 Star

Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

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