May 24, 2016 | Story Review

CBS News story hypes unproven stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury

This story effectively conveys the devastation of spinal cord injuries and correctly identifies stem cell therapy as an experimental and unproven treatment, but its thrust that the therapy “shows promise” is misleading; its efficacy has yet to be supported by rigorous trials.

2 Star

Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

May 24, 2016 | Story Review

New surgical method for uterine fibroids gets thorough look by Inquirer

The story relies heavily on an anecdote, tracking one patient’s experience with the experimental procedure, but provides a good overview of the surgical treatment options available for women with uterine fibroids.

4 Star

Doctors test new device for uterine fibroids

May 24, 2016 | Story Review

Except for presidential anecdote, NBC story on new melanoma drug was well-balanced

By including a discussion of costs, harms, and alternatives, readers are left with a pretty good idea of what this new intervention is about.

5 Star

Cancer Drug Keytruda Keeps Some Patients Alive For 3 Years

May 23, 2016 | Story Review

Guardian predicts end to insulin shots based on rehashed news release, mouse research

This story is problematic on several levels–it appears to be little more than a rehash of a news release, making a passing mention to successful “pre-clinical results” but offering no specifics.

2 Star

Type 1 diabetes treatment could end need for insulin shots

May 20, 2016 | Story Review

Reuters story on oral insulin trial needed sources beyond drug company CEO

Given the nature of the research–unpublished and coming directly from a pharmaceutical company–an outside source would have made this story stronger.

3 Star

Oramed says oral insulin succeeds in midstage type 2 diabetes trial

May 19, 2016 | Story Review

Reuters jumps the gun on 12-patient trial to test safety of ‘magic mushrooms’

The study was meant to establish the safety of the chemical for future research–and not its potential to cure depression. The story didn’t make that clear.

3 Star

Magic mushroom ingredient may ease severe depression, study suggests

May 19, 2016 | Story Review

Deep brain stimulation for dementia: NPR’s positive tone not matched by evidence

The story would have benefited from a jolt of skepticism as it examines the challenge of applying a treatment that works for some diseases to an altogether different medical condition.

2 Star

Reviving Memory With An Electrical Current

May 19, 2016 | Story Review 1

CBS’s same-day hip replacement story makes it sound like a new procedure

The story includes important cautions from a skeptical surgeon, but the prominence of the surgeon and institution that are actively marketing this procedure results in a story that implies greater benefits and fewer risks than there is evidence to support.

2 Star

Same-day hip replacements get patients back on their feet


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