Search Results for "screening tests"
CNN overstates evidence linking neck pulse measurements to increased dementia risk
The story didn’t tell readers this was an observational study–cause-and-effect couldn’t be established.
Five-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years earlier, say scientists
Inquirer’s look at using Facebook to screen for depression emphasizes research ‘is still in very early stages’
It would have been helpful if the story had explored who would pay for this kind of screening, and what we know about depression screening in general: Is it effective?
Depression often goes undiagnosed. Researchers are turning to Facebook to change that.
One blood test to diagnose diabetes? HealthDay doesn’t address harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment
For help understanding medical tests such as these, see our primer: Understanding medical tests: sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value.
One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes
Independent viewpoint helps round out HealthDay story on impact of earlier mammograms
But the story would have been stronger had it described the findings using absolute rather than relative numbers.
Earlier Mammograms May Mean Less Need for Aggressive Treatments
Guardian spoon-feeds university news release to readers, claiming prostate cancer ‘breakthrough’
This story fails to provide anything more than hyperbole and unsubstantiated claims. Readers deserve more.
Prostate cancer breakthrough as UK team develops more accurate test
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s using biomarkers–AP makes it clear that there is no benefit to patients
Still, we would have liked to see comment from an independent source on how this news might be misconstrued, especially by readers worried about their own risk for developing the disease.
New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner
USA Today rehashes PR talking points in story on at-home breast cancer gene test
The story doesn’t convey that complexity or offer much information that readers can use to make decisions about the use of the recently-approved 23andMe test.
Test risk of breast cancer from home with new FDA-approved DNA kit by 23andMe
Retinal scans to detect heart attack risk? Newsweek offers a blurry picture
It’s not clear how a retinal scan would stack up compared to existing assessment methods, or how much it would cost.
GOOGLE RETINAL SCANS CAN PREDICT IF YOU WILL HAVE A HEART ATTACK
ABC News touts affordability of at-home BRCA test without delving into any drawbacks
There’s no evidence provided in the story to show that this test does anything to improve health outcomes for women.
What to know about the new affordable at-home BRCA genetic mutation test
NBC News doesn’t back away from shortcomings of new blood test for early cancer detection
It outlines some of the potential risks as well as the benefits of the proposed test, and adequately explains that it is not yet ready for prime time.
Blood Test Finds Cancer Before Symptoms Start
CBS News speculates about what at-home sperm-checking device ‘could’ do
The story focuses on the many unvetted possibilities of this device; it could “shake up the world of fertility testing” and it “could also potentially be used by men who have had a vasectomy to monitor their progress.”
Sperm problems? Smartphone device could screen for infertility
AP story on skin patch sweat monitor may make readers wonder: News or marketing?
The story rightly cautions that the technology is “experimental” and notes that additional research is needed. But if that’s the case, it’s not clear why this is newsworthy
SWEAT IT OUT! SKIN PATCH AIMS TO TEST SWEAT FOR HEALTH
Testing cholesterol in toddlers: AP story says it ‘could help’ but study didn’t show that
The story’s framing takes the stance that finding a risk factor very early on in life leads to an overall benefit. That may well be prove to be true, but neither the story nor the study being reported on provide evidence of that.
Testing cholesterol in toddlers, even younger? Study says it could help
WSJ story on prostate cancer treatment test leaves us wondering: Why no independent viewpoints?
A nod to conflicts of interest and the inclusion of independent experts would have provided crucial balance to a story dominated by commercial concerns.
Test Aids Prostate Cancer Treatment
Informative report on mammogram recommendations could have quantified lives saved
A very good report that lacked a few details found in a competing New York Times story, but overall was quite informative.