November 22, 2017 | Story Review

Be wary of news headlines promising to unlock secrets of ‘living longer’

As a TIME story points out, a new study on light activity and reduced mortality can’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, yet the story never really explains why this is the case.

2 Star

Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House

November 21, 2017 | Story Review

Spit test for concussion detection: CNN story includes some important caveats

However, the story could have provided more information on the potential harms of screening tests, as well as expected costs.

4 Star

Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

November 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Sleep medicine group misses opportunity to inform readers about sleep apnea therapy

A few facts from the study along with the very basics — such as cost and harms of the intervention — would have improved this release.

1 Star

Study shows therapy improves quality of life in people who have sleep apnea.

November 20, 2017 | News Release Review

Bold claims, no facts mar announcement on enriched omega-3 chicken feed

The study results are unpublished making follow-up and verification impossible.

2 Star

Devenish Announces World's First Naturally Enriched Omega-3 Chicken and Eggs With Proven Health Claims - Likely to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Dementia and Depression

November 17, 2017 | Story Review

Skimpy, source-free ABC News story on new blood pressure guidelines unlikely to help readers much

Any time medical experts spout the routine lifestyle advice, reporters should press them to explain what is really likely to change for people.

3 Star

More than 103 million Americans will have high blood pressure under new guidelines

November 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Study testing late clot removal in stroke is important but not a “breakthrough” or “paradigm shift”

While the release provides good supporting data, readers should remember that the study was not blinded or placebo controlled which introduces some limitations.

3 Star

Landmark study may impact standard stroke treatment guidelines

November 16, 2017 | Story Review

CNN is clear on the comparative benefits of two drugs for opioid use disorder

But more needed to be said about the potential harms of the treatments–which carry risks–as well as their general availability and cost.

3 Star

Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds

November 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Time to retire the Pap test? Strong study recap explores the trade-offs

More discussion on the potential cost savings would have rounded this release out nicely.

4 Star

HPV testing is better than the Pap test at detecting cervical cancer

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