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Tags: anecdotes over evidence

10/20/2016

NPR falls into the anecdotal trap with story on robotic arm for paralyzed man

2 5/5/2016

Personal anecdotes overwhelm cautionary details in WSJ story on ayahuasca, a Peruvian hallucinogenic concoction

4/27/2016

ABC joins bandwagon, puts rosy spin on stem cell therapy, this time for muscular dystrophy

4/25/2016

NBC story built around one patient’s amazing stroke recovery; skimps on data suggesting result is unusual

6 1/9/2016

Fox story advertises unproven stem cell therapy for COPD

10/9/2015

The blind shall “see”: Fox promotes new visual aid with one woman’s glowing testimonial

4/29/2015

Feel-good story about CPR is long on emotion, short on sobering reality of low success rates