NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine -

Newspaper columns that evaluate the evidence in recent studies

Posted By


Does smaller fingertip size explain why women have a finer sense of touch than men?

Are men diagnosed with prostate cancer more likely than other men to die of a heart attack during the following year?

Can probiotics help prevent the onset of Crohn’s disease?

Maybe, according to recent studies.

But Jeremy Singer-Vine’s Research Report column in the Wall Street Journal today raises questions about these studies and others. Questions about:

• will animal research translate to humans?
• confounding factors that an observational trial may not have accounted for
• small study size
• skewed sample

And in her WSJ column today, Melinda Beck analyzed some of the evidence about the benefits and harms of coffee drinking – in diabetes, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, pregnancy, sleep and mood effects.

You might also like


Please note, comments are no longer published through this website. All previously made comments are still archived and available for viewing through select posts.

Comments are closed.