November 23, 2015 | Story Review 2

Should light therapy be recommended for depression in general — not just in winter?

Although this story checked 6 out of 9 of our boxes to earn a 4-star score, the misses were notable because they dealt with benefits, harms, and quality of evidence — all extremely important.

4 Star

Light therapy effective for treating depression, not just winter blues

November 20, 2015 | Story Review

Could coffee “literally be a lifesaver”?

An over-the-top headline and lack of absolute numbers limit the value of an otherwise worthy and responsible discussion of this new coffee study.

3 Star

Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

November 20, 2015 | Story Review 4

Will drinking coffee extend your life? STAT delivers a 5-star answer

This story on the latest coffee study delivers an appropriate evidence-based message, and manages to do so while keeping readers engaged and entertained.

5 Star

Will drinking coffee extend your life?

November 18, 2015 | Story Review

HealthDay carefully describes link between breastfeeding and preemie eye disease

This story is clear on the big picture, even if certain details of the coverage could have been presented a bit more sharply.

5 Star

Breast-Feeding Linked to Reduced Risk of Preemie Eye Problem

November 13, 2015 | Story Review 1

WSJ whiffs on meaningful aspects of new melanoma drug approval — including $17,600/month price tag

The news release that this story was based on actually had much more useful information than the superficial WSJ coverage.

2 Star

FDA Approves Roche’s Cotellic Treatment for Melanoma

November 13, 2015 | Story Review

Coverage of “huge achievement” reported at news conference lacked context and a restraining voice

This story gets a little too wrapped up in the enthusiasm surrounding a potential new medical advance that was presented at a news conference. It leaves out key context and includes nobody who casts a skeptical eye on these preliminary findings that haven’t been vetted by the scientific community.

3 Star

Medical First: Brain tumor breached with ultrasound

November 10, 2015 | Story Review

Get paid to take your pills? Strong Inquirer report covers all the ins and outs

This story aced all 10 criteria and we only had a few suggestions for improvement. Exemplary reporting.

5 Star

Penn study: Pay patients to take their pills

November 8, 2015 | Story Review

Have better diets “saved more than one million people from dying”?

Though it has many strengths, this story should have pushed back against the the claim that one million lives have been saved by better diets. This type of study can’t tell us that.

4 Star

Better Diets May Be Extending Americans' Lives


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