July 6, 2015 | Story Review

Transvaginal ultrasound to confirm placement of Essure device: Story based on a Bayer news release offers little information of value

This story related to the controversial Essure contraception device lacked most of the basic information that would allow readers to evaluate the procedure being discussed.

2 Star

FDA OKs second test to see if Essure contraceptive is placed right

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

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