September 25, 2017 | Story Review

Sleep deprivation for depression: Philadelphia Inquirer gives readers needed context on study limitations

The story also makes it clear that the researchers are still trying to understand the connection between depression and sleep.

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Strange but true: Sleep deprivation can help depression. Penn scientists want to know why

September 25, 2017 | News Release Review

Summary of studies on sleep deprivation didn’t caution that depression benefits are short lived

Oft-studied sleep deprivation for depression still shows only temporary gains in those that do respond.

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Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients

September 22, 2017 | Story Review

Is one study of 51 men enough to declare the ‘two-week diet’ is better for dropping pounds?

Diet studies are guaranteed instant news hooks, so it’s important that stories about them offer abundant context and detail.

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September 21, 2017 | Story Review

AP’s story on cancer immunotherapy quickly mentions low success rate

However, readers may ignore those facts and instead only remember the two very positive patient anecdotes, which, while inspiring, don’t reflect the reality of how many people benefit.

4 Star

The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me?


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