July 2, 2015 | Story Review

Benefits of readmission to same hospital for post-op complications: Coverage lacking in critical evaluation

This story capably summarizes the researcher’s conclusions, but doesn’t address the limitations or implications of the research. There was plenty more ground to cover here.

2 Star

For post-op complications, go back to the same hospital: study

July 2, 2015 | Story Review

Report on stroke clot-removal guidelines emphasizes need for careful patient selection, care coordination

This generally solid story about new guidelines for clot removal during strokes would have benefited from a few statistics describing the benefits.

4 Star

Heart Association's Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device If clot-busting drugs don't work, device can be used to pull the blockage out through the artery

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Report on “immersive” colonoscopy features lots of flash, but few evidence-supported facts

With sweeping, unsupported statements about the benefits of 3-D colonoscopies, this report reads more like a news release from a device company rather than an objective piece of health journalism.

2 Star

A virtual "walk" through the colon could detect cancer earlier

July 1, 2015 | Story Review

Fiber and your gut bacteria: coverage of small, preliminary study raises many questions, offers few answers

This story did a reasonable job of covering an individual study, but the piece raises questions about whether this early-stage research was worth writing about at all.

3 Star

In Defense of Fiber: How Changing Your Diet Changes Your Gut Bacteria

July 1, 2015 | Story Review 1

Nonsense masquerading as news in Fox coverage of “cancer-fighting spices”

This is an incomplete piece of fluff journalism that makes many unsupported claims about the anti-cancer properties of various spices.

2 Star

Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful way to eat healthy

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Waiting too long to challenge claims of “perfect accuracy” in a pancreatic cancer test

This reasonably strong coverage of a new pancreatic cancer test needed a more aggressive rebuttal of claims to “perfect accuracy.”

3 Star

A blood test for pancreatic cancer may re-stack the odds in patients' favor

June 28, 2015 | Story Review

Harms, limitations missing from news release-based coverage of pancreatic cancer test

This story about a new pancreatic cancer test didn’t dig deeper than a news release announcing the study results.

2 Star

MD Anderson researchers find potential way to detect pancreatic cancer early

June 26, 2015 | Story Review 5

Enthusiasm for “100% accurate” pancreatic cancer test does not reflect limited evidence quality

Because pancreatic cancer is, as the story says, highly lethal once diagnosed, a possible early detection test is worth news coverage. But because of those same high stakes, any screening test deserves a thorough critical appraisal.

2 Star

Blood Test Might Detect Deadly Pancreatic Cancer in Early Stages

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