Strong where it counts, this FiveThirtyEight story does a fine job of explaining the research on “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” in simple, clear terms. A couple of minor additions would’ve completed the picture for readers.
This story delivers most of what readers need to know about four new studies of stroke treatment — even if it does, at times, get a bit caught up in the excitement surrounding the results.
This story has a useful premise: that many people who think they’re gluten sensitive might actually be reacting to a particular type of carbohydrate that causes gas and bloating. We needed a bit more data and detail to be convinced that this premise holds any merit.
This story gives a bit too much credence to the views of the Brennan family in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and not quite enough to those of a Johns Hopkins pediatrician. A slightly different framing structure would’ve made a big difference for readers.
We wish that more stories would bring some skeptical thinking to their coverage of expensive new hepatitis C treatments. The emphasis on short-term effects obscures the lack of long-term data about benefits.
This story reports on a study which suggests that IUDs and contraceptive implants may work longer than regulators say. It’s an interesting and potentially useful piece of news, which is all the more reason to treat it carefully.
Congratulations to Vox for a strong debut at HealthNewsReview.org. This was a 4-star effort that questions a very common and costly dental practice.
We think journalists should avoid leaning excessively on individual patient anecdotes that may not be representative. This story demonstrates why.
Our first review of a BuzzFeed story awards 3 stars. We appreciate the depth of the reporting, but our reviewers had some serious concerns about the framing of this story and its reliance on anecdote.