Search Results for "anecdote"
Using a single patient anecdote, ABC News hails DNA fertility test as ‘breakthrough’
Breakthrough? Based on the story of one patient? We’re told the procedure hasn’t been done often. But how often, and what happened to the other women?
How a breakthrough new fertility test is offering hope for families who have suffered miscarriages
All anecdote, no data: NPR’s take on high blood pressure and dementia
The story may mislead people into thinking that if they pop a pressure pill each day, they will avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s unproven.
Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure
Atypical patient anecdote throws off well-reported NBC News story on experimental brain cancer treatment
The story delves into the harms of the treatment and refrains from disease-mongering.
Modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors
High-tech buzzwords and scary patient anecdote dominate NBC’s story on ‘new approach’ for aortic aneurysms
This story fixates on one patient’s harrowing story, and buzzwords like “personalized” medicine and “3-D printing.”
New approach to abdominal aortic aneurysm saves lives
Patient anecdote outweighs data in AP’s look at lymph node transfer surgery
This type of surgery is a relatively risky and untested treatment option, and news coverage needs to stress that.
Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care
Anecdotes dominate AP’s story on EMTs using nitrous oxide for pain relief
And, because the specter of the nation’s opioid epidemic is raised, we end up with a story that creates disease mongering around addiction to painkillers when it could have just as easily followed a more informative path.
NO LAUGHING MATTER: NITROUS OXIDE REAPPEARS IN US AMBULANCES
Positive anecdotes dominate Philadelphia Inquirer story on ‘UroLift’ for enlarged prostate
The story was heavy on anecdotes and light on data.
Fast help for men whose prostates won't let them go
USA Today story based on one anecdote serves as promotional megaphone for Microsoft
Seeing is not believing when it comes to a medical intervention; many factors, including a placebo effect, can make an intervention seem like it works when it doesn’t.
Microsoft shows off watch that quiets Parkinson's tremors
Heavy on anecdote and light on evidence: NBC News’s story on experimental migraine drug
Much remains to be seen about this experimental drug class, including the side effects and harms–another area that story skimped on.
New Drugs May Stop Migraines Before They Start
Anecdotes outweigh evidence discussion in NPR’s report on pets and severe mental illness
The story should have emphasized that this was a purely observational study of a small group of people who already owned pets.
Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness
Surgery instead of reading glasses? NBC’s look at new implant leaned hard on one patient anecdote
The story does not share any research information for how these eye implants performed in clinical trials.
No More Readers? New Implant May Help Aging Eyes
Washington Post story on cord blood transplants for cancer: Too many anecdotes and not enough evidence
There were too many missing pieces in the story to give readers a full picture of this area of cancer treatment.
There’s new hope for blood cancers, and it comes from umbilical cords
Powerful patient video anecdote in STAT’s story overshadows realities of new treatment for essential tremor
It’s hard to think about the potential negative consequences of this treatment after watching a woman’s remarkable recovery in the accompanying video.
New treatment offers some hope for an unshakable tremor
Washington Post story on PTSD treatment ignores evidence in favor of detailed patient anecdote
This story leans hard on a single patient’s story, and avoids discussion of what the evidence shows to support this treatment for PSTD.
She found relief for PTSD with a different kind of therapy. But does it work?
ABC’s look at treating PTSD with virtual reality: Classic example of anecdote over evidence
One patient’s story is featured here, without many of the important attributes that make a medical intervention story informative.