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

May 18, 2015 | Story Review

Balanced, complete evaluation of study on vitamin supplements for skin cancer prevention

The story wasn’t content simply to repeat the information that was spoonfed to reporters in a conference call.

5 Star

Study: Vitamin B3 may help prevent certain skin cancers

May 17, 2015 | Story Review 2

Mediterranean diet and cognitive function: Solid WSJ report would’ve benefited from cost info

The main deficiency of this otherwise strong report is that it didn’t caution readers about the cost of buying some 50 liters of olive oil annually to replicate this diet.

4 Star

Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Power, Clinical Study Finds

May 14, 2015 | Story Review

Bold claims for migraine treatment are based on opinions and anecdote in this story

This story says there is no “magic pill” for migraines, and yet it offers something of a magic pill in the headline by saying that lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms. Maybe it’s true, but there is no evidence presented to back up the assertion.

2 Star

For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

May 14, 2015 | Story Review

Balanced, insightful report on tradeoffs of treating premature babies at edge of survival

A thorough Wall Street Journal report on a new study that explores the relationship between active medical intervention and survival — a topic considered to be controversial among pediatric experts.

5 Star

Premature Babies May Benefit From Intensive-Care Treatment

May 14, 2015 | Story Review

Unbalanced Times column reflects coffee confirmation bias

This column recounts a laundry list of observational studies showing health benefits of coffee consumption without ever delving into the limitations of such research.

3 Star

More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

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