May 29, 2015 | Story Review

Survival statistic unbalances coverage of virus-based melanoma therapy

This story provided a rosier picture of the benefit than was warranted. The appropriate overall survival statistic to report would have been the median survival rate in the entire population, not the average survival.

3 Star

Scientists are using herpes to treat skin cancer — and it’s working

May 29, 2015 | Story Review 2

Waiting to clamp the umbilical cord — NPR carefully balances discussion of benefits and harms

Inclusion of potential harms and more expert context elevate this story above the competing USA Today version.

4 Star

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

May 29, 2015 | Story Review

Coverage of delayed umbilical cord clamping omits possible harms to baby and an important study limitation

Not a bad effort — but not quite as thorough as a competing NPR story on the same study.

4 Star

Waiting a few minutes to cut umbilical cord helps baby

May 28, 2015 | Story Review

Not enough women getting bone scans for osteoporosis? Incomplete story fails to dig deeper than the news release

Relying excessively on a news release, this story missed an opportunity to explore an issue with important implications for patients and the health care system.

2 Star

Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren't Getting It

May 26, 2015 | Story Review

Predicting Alzheimer’s: What two new studies add and how the Times covered them

This story sends readers off with the right take-home message, but could have done with a few more caveats and a better look at the big picture regarding the role of amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease.

3 Star

Studies Confirm Brain Plaque Can Help Predict Alzheimer’s

May 21, 2015 | Story Review

Weak CBS story on IBS test has same problems as related med center news release

This story has many of the same problems as the news release we reviewed on this topic.

1 Star

New tests offer hope for millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome

May 21, 2015 | Story Review 2

Post coverage of new lung cancer test misses on caveats, costs, and harms

We like the way this story frames a less-invasive lung cancer test in terms of reduced costs and harms. But the piece really needed an independent expert to help sort out the evidence and provide context.

3 Star

New test could sharply reduce risky, costly lung cancer biopsies

May 18, 2015 | Story Review 1

Rosy CBS report on vitamin study lacks meaningful description of skin cancer impact

Spoonfeeding research to journalists on a conference call, before it’s been peer-reviewed or published, leads to incomplete reports such as this one.

3 Star

Vitamin B3 could help reduce skin cancer risk


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