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Categories: NPR


Props to NPR for highlighting the need for balanced decision-making around statins


All anecdote, no data: NPR’s take on high blood pressure and dementia


A 50% reduction in suicide risk? NPR story overstates the benefits of ‘Safety Planning Intervention’


NPR deftly summarizes results of early study using polio vaccine for brain cancer, except industry conflicts of interest


NPR (yet again) writes uncritically about ketamine for mental illness


NPR story about online weight loss program left out a key detail: How much does it cost?


Emerging migraine treatments: NPR story deftly weighs the good, the bad and the unknowns


Cautious, independent voices help round out NPR’s look at experimental blood test for cancer

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NPR’s story on weight loss surgery in teens: Cost info would have improved a well-reported story


No discussion of risks in NPR’s look at brain-zapping implants to treat destructive impulses