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5-Star Friday: thoroughness & thoughtfulness
This is a unique Five Star Friday in that we have examples of great reporting from both the breaking news end of the spectrum, as well as a long-term and in-depth investigative project. We also have two stories that scored very highly with our reviewers. This is important because the two diseases covered — Alzheimer’s […]1
5-Star Friday: More screening, more vitamins and more advocacy can only be good, right?
If there’s a common question running through this week’s 5-star Friday, it is this: Is more always better? As someone who has worked in healthcare, my typical answer is that more evidence is certainly better. (As is more listening and empathy, for that matter!) And as someone who reads a fair amount of health care reporting, I would […]
5-Star Friday | Our staff pick some gems from the past month
A big part of what we do could be called “criticism.” It’s a long and proud tradition that is often misunderstood as solely focusing on the “negative.” Which is not the case. If you dig deep enough into the etymology of criticism you will find roots in such words as discriminating, deciding, and – yes […]
5-Star Friday • Informed patients & uninformed President? These journalists nail it!
It’s been a month since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and I’m beginning to think it meant we were in for 6 weeks of great health care journalism (rather than 6 more weeks of winter). Last week was inspiring and this week had more excellent articles than we could write about. So don’t miss the links down at […]
5-star Friday • Three pieces of health care journalism gold
In 1945–a year when good news was clearly needed–Byron Nelson wowed and delighted by winning 11 consecutive golf tournaments. It’s the longest winning streak in professional golf. No one has come close since. This past month (a month, you could argue, that good health care news was sorely needed) I’ve been wowed and delighted by another streak worth […]
5-Star Friday: Unvetted public relations & silencing science
STAT – which we often admire for its thoughtful and thorough journalism – had a busy and commendable week. Earlier this week they published two excellent articles addressing timely and provocative topics. Though they weren’t the type of stories that are eligible to be systematically reviewed by our expert team, each of them is worthy of five stars in […]
Psilocybin for treating depression in cancer patients: Informative 5-star release from Johns Hopkins
This release is very thorough in addressing benefits, potential side effects and study design in a meaningful way.
Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Eases Existential Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer
5-Star Friday! Not a cancer ‘cure,’ a menstrual pain ‘off switch,’ and therapy for ‘text neck’
Here’s a quick note to draw attention to some of the 5-star efforts we’ve recently looked at: Our reviewers thought Maggie Fox of NBC did an exceptional job with her piece, Cancer drug Keytruda keeps some patients alive for 3 years. Excerpt: “… a nice job of walking readers through the study’s numbers, how pembrolizumab might […]
5-Star Friday: Smarter PSA testing, science’s Lake Wobegon effect, lifesaving coffee, and more
In what will be our last 5-Star Friday celebrating quality journalism in 2015, we take a look back at recently reviewed stories and news releases that have set a high standard for excellence and earned 5-star ratings from our reviewers. This HealthDay story, “Breast-feeding linked to reduced risk of preemie eye problem,” by Kathleen Doheny, is […]
Will drinking coffee extend your life? STAT delivers a 5-star answer
This story on the latest coffee study delivers an appropriate evidence-based message, and manages to do so while keeping readers engaged and entertained.
Will drinking coffee extend your life?
5-Star Friday: Texting, “skipping chemo,” rethinking breast cancer treatment, and Planned Parenthood
Five-star Friday is our ongoing effort to recognize excellence in health care journalism — both in the stories that we review on this site and in the larger media landscape. In the former category, we’ve had two recent stories garner five stars from members of our expert review team comprised of both journalists and health […]
5-Star Friday: liquid biopsies, resveratrol, Med diet and more
This is just a quick Friday shout out to a handful of recent 5-star efforts that we’ve reviewed and which deserve recognition: Reuters adds some cold water to direct-to-consumer ‘liquid biopsy’. Our reviewers called this one particularly strong on characterization of harms and pointed to this informative text: “Patients might be attracted to a less-invasive test […]8 1/3/2011
Praise for 2010's 5-star health news stories
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 […]10/5/2010
5-star score for parody of what would be a 0-star story
I’m very late on posting and reacting to this hilarious “The Lay Scientist” column by researcher/science writer Martin Robbins headlined, “This is a news website article about a scientific paper.” It could be the basis of an opening lecture for a science journalism course or for a science journalism conference. Of many great lines, my […]1/22/2009
Shining a spotlight on 5-star stories
Of the first 710 stories reviewed on HealthNewsReview.org, only 88 – or 12% have received our top five-star score. But in one recent 8-day span, a record of four stories were given a five-star review by three independent reviewers – using the same ten standardized criteria we apply to all stories. Here are those four: […]