Praise for 2010's 5-star health news stories

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Sixty stories received our top 5-star score in 2010. We hold them up as examples of what can be done by journalists even in difficult times and even (many of them) on tight deadlines.

You can see all of these stories on this this Search results page.

Our Search page allows users to search by keyword, by date, by news organization, by star scores or by any combination of these.

Here is a list of which news organizations got the top scores:

Associated Press & New York Times: 9 each
Reuters: 7
HealthDay, Los Angeles Times, WebMD: 6 each
NPR & USA Today: 4 each
Wall Street Journal: 2
Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, MSNBC, Oregonian, Philadelphia Inquirer, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel: 1 each.

You may find it interesting to look at these stories and our team’s review of them.

You can’t draw sweeping conclusions from this list. We only review stories that include a claim of efficacy or safety in a treatment, test, product or procedure. We don’t catch everything. We don’t review every news organization in the U.S. We only review what we find online; some news organizations don’t post online everything they publish in print.
Some companies that appear on this “best of” list are also leaders in the 0- or 1-star “worst of” category.

What you can say is that these news organizations and the people responsible for these stories achieved excellence sometimes in a difficult 2010 news environment. As Vince Lombardi told his team, “We will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

We applaud their efforts and look for more than 60 such stories in our reviews this coming year. Let the chase continue.

ADDENDUM for stats lovers:

We reviewed 419 stories in 2010. The complete breakdown of star scores:

5-star stories: 60
4-star stories: 111
3-star stories: 110
2-star stories: 84
1-star stories: 39
0-star stories: 15

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Comments (8)

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e-Patient Dave

January 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Last year there were only 40 five-star stories. Are people listening??
(Otoh I didn’t count the total number of reviews – maybe the proportion is the same!)

dr parveen chopra

January 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Thanks for the great job being done by this portal. I am a regular visitor to this site. Whatever i learn from your articles, i do propagate the messages further. Keep up the good work.
Wish healthnewsreview team a wonderful, healthy and happy 2011 so that it keeps on opening the sleepy eyes of humanity….. keep it up. Best wishes.

Kaye Swain

January 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

As I was reading this article, your widget caught my eye about another article on a possible “cure” for jet lag. Since I’m recovering from that myself (flew cross country yesterday), I was intrigued and went to read it. I’m so relieved the FDA turned them down. As a hate-to-admit-to-aging Baby Boomer granny nanny, I find that jet lag can be a bit of a pain for a day or two after the flight. But the side effects for the medication! NO THANK YOU. :) I appreciate the heads up even though it was a thumbs down. :) Following you on Twitter now. Thanks again.

Social media service

January 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

We are very happy to read your posts on health stories. It is good that so many journalists are working to unravel the malpractices or shortcomings of the health care system. Keep posting these kinds of articles.