Five Star Friday: Vox, Stat, FiveThirtyEight… and also horrifying horsesh-t.

Color bar 5-starSaluting excellence once again in our Five Star Friday feature.

In our systematic story reviews, Julia Belluz of Vox.com got a 5-star score for her piece, “How well do flu shots work? Here’s what the science says.

The New York Times got a 4-star score for “Talk therapy found to ease schizophrenia,” and US News & World Report also received a 4-star grade for “Could an Inexpensive, Underused Drug Reduce Blood Loss During Surgery?

Other noteworthy items that we did not review:

The Boston Globe’s Stat:  Brain surgery on live TV — helpful or exploitive? Specialists see risk in Sunday’s primetime event.  It’s about an upcoming Sunday night prime time TV event – a Cleveland hospital allowing a broadcast of brain surgery live on the National Geographic Channel. Some “medical experts warn such programming can be risky and exploitive. Some surgical societies have banned the practice, with one even threatening to discipline surgeons who conduct live operations for television audiences.”

Christie Aschwanden’s piece on FiveThirtyEight.com, “Science Won’t Settle The Mammogram Debate: The latest recommendations show that the fight isn’t about evidence, it’s about values.”

One item that would not have received 5 stars if we had reviewed it:

The Los Angeles Times story, “Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs.” One journalist wrote to me about this saying only, “This is horrifying reporting.” And on Facebook, Forbes’ Matthew Herper wrote, “This feels like horseshit.”

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