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 - https://archive.org/web/.

Category: General journalism issues

4 6/7/2018

One cancer patient’s dramatic response to immunotherapy. But …

3/28/2018

Viagra vs. Synthroid: two big drug stories show big differences in reporting priorities

10/5/2017

Some news stories sugarcoat limitations of study linking skipping breakfast to heart disease

9/18/2017

At least five reported deaths linked to weight loss balloons: Why it may be the ‘tip of the iceberg’

1 2/17/2017

Vitamin D prevents colds? News stories turn blind eye to limitations of sunshine vitamin study

1 11/10/2016

Food emulsifiers and cancer: Fear-mongering stories needed to dig deeper than the news release

8 10/13/2016

Advocacy group anecdotes present one-sided picture of genetic testing for breast cancer

1 9/22/2016

Once again, some news media can’t resist lure of sexy-but-preliminary research

8/11/2016

Poking holes in Pokémon Go health benefit claims–including a study that didn’t exist

3 8/9/2016

Thanks to Olympics, ‘cupping’ gets its 15 minutes of fame–again