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Strong on sources, weak on data: CBS story on using marijuana for painkiller addictions
The story relies heavily on anecdotes, and while these personal stories are weighed against the perspectives of outside researchers, with much research being cited, we are never given needed details on what that research contains.
Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?
Aspirin report from CBS doesn’t go much beyond the news release
Several missed opportunities in this story, including a lack of hard data.
Should you be taking daily low-dose aspirin for heart health?
Walnut-cholesterol study needed more scrutiny in CBS story
This story touts the results of a new study looking at the potential cholesterol-lowering benefits of walnuts in older adults without actually providing any hard data on the results.
The homeliest nut just got better
CBS story on stem cell surgery for cataracts kept hype in check but lacked key study details
This story had a lot going for it–including a multitude of independent sources–but it would have been stronger if it had better quantified the results of the study, and explained how the researchers measured the success of this new surgical method.
First-of-its-kind cataract surgery using stem cells shows promise
Multiple perspectives elevate CBS coverage of diet-breast cancer link
Though it shares some shortcomings of a competing NPR story, this piece elevates itself slightly with the use of thoughtful independent sources.
Teen eating habits may help cut breast cancer risk
“Just add water” for student weight loss? Strong CBS report missed on costs and study limitations
CBS covers a lot of ground in this short report on water coolers in schools but missed some key details.
School water coolers may help kids lose weight
CBS cures two diseases in one 400-word story
This story enthusiastically embraces a stem cell treatment that’s touted as a cure for two genetic disorders. But details to back up the claims are scant.
"Bubble baby" stem cell treatment looks like a cure
Prenatal testing finds mother’s cancer — but CBS lost an opportunity to explain research’s broader relevance
The story about one woman’s experience packed an emotional punch, but lacked details and context that would have made it more useful and informative for readers.
Prenatal testing can detect cancer in pregnant mothers
Weak CBS story on IBS test has same problems as related med center news release
This story has many of the same problems as the news release we reviewed on this topic.
New tests offer hope for millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome
Rosy CBS report on vitamin study lacks meaningful description of skin cancer impact
Spoonfeeding research to journalists on a conference call, before it’s been peer-reviewed or published, leads to incomplete reports such as this one.
Vitamin B3 could help reduce skin cancer risk
CBS uses shameless clickbait with “Too Much of This Will Kill You”
How many clicks can a story deliver? That’s the coin of the realm of news delivered on the web. The bait employed by CBS recently was a 13-slide photo series under the heading “Too much of this will kill you.” If enough of us click on all 13, then CBS can brag to advertisers about increased traffic. […]1
CBS: slow down the Alzheimer’s drug trial hype – 2 examples in 1 week.
What follows are the third and fourth Alzheimer’s disease news items we’ve reviewed in the last 3 days. This could be a full-time beat. Perhaps some of what we’re seeing was prompted by The Alzheimer’s Association conducting its “advocacy forum” in Washington this week, with a national fundraising dinner last night (with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer […]3/16/2015
CBS promotes “essential/critical” screening tests but never mentions over-diagnosis
The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria and the author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease (Greystone, 2012). The opinions are his; you are welcome to your own. —————————- While the Beatles might have famously sang that “All you […]8/22/2013
Selling the Cyberknife on WCCO’s CBS HealthWatch
I’m watching local news on my local CBS affiliate, WCCO, the other night. And I wake up from the daze of crime and creampuff stories to see that there’s a story about the Cyberknife “radiosurgery” system at a local health care provider, HealthEast. I see brief clips with two satisfied patients, an interview with a […]