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Categories: Boston Globe


Boston Globe overlooks evidence showing many patients not helped by ‘bionic’ joint replacements


Globe story on experimental autism treatment is all anecdote, no data


New drug candidate yields “significant weight loss” — but what does that mean?


Coverage of “huge achievement” reported at news conference lacked context and a restraining voice


Coverage of virus-based cancer treatment skimps on cautions and key outcomes

3 10/6/2015

Deep dive into the ethics and evidence underlying genetic testing in depression treatment

1 8/12/2015

Important Alzheimer’s topic needed a second source for context


Managing the stress of cancer

27 2/4/2015

Five Nobel laureates backing antiaging dietary supplement


Prep-free virtual colonoscopy could be as effective as scope procedure