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July 20, 2018 | Story Review

It’s way too soon to know if melanoma blood test will save ‘thousands of lives’

Early on the CNN story makes a bold claim that the test could save thousands of lives, yet in many cases, early detection of cancer does not guarantee a longer, healthier life.

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Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds

July 19, 2018 | Story Review

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

The story may mislead people into thinking that if they pop a pressure pill each day, they will avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s unproven.

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Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure

July 16, 2018 | Story Review

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

News stories must be careful to explain study limitations so that people come away understanding what a study couldn’t measure.

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A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk

July 12, 2018 | Story Review

Genetic testing to guide antidepressant choices: Big news coverage, but limited evidence

The evidence cited here is still very preliminary, a finding we also noticed in another recently reviewed article on using genetic testing for targeting depression meds.

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Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help

July 10, 2018 | Story Review

WSJ offers caution early and often in coverage of latest experimental Alzheimer’s drug

This article demonstrates it’s not only desireable but also possible to write objectively and temper expectations when writing for a business audience.

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Drugmakers Call Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Study Positive

July 9, 2018 | Story Review

A possible link between eyesight and cognitive function? Reuters Health summary is a little out of focus

How strong is the link between vision and cognition?  The story doesn’t say.

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Maintaining healthy vision may help keep brain in shape, too

July 3, 2018 | Story Review

STAT suggests flu drug could ‘upend treatment,’ but there’s plenty to question about this claim

But we laud the story for how well it covered how much the drug might cost, if approved.

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A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.

June 28, 2018 | Story Review

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

The only thing the story lacked was disclosing that seven of the researchers on the study reported financial interests in the company that holds the license for the treatment.

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Doctors Try Genetically Modified Poliovirus As Experimental Brain Cancer Treatment

June 28, 2018 | Story Review

Atypical patient anecdote throws off well-reported NBC News story on experimental brain cancer treatment

The story delves into the harms of the treatment and refrains from disease-mongering.

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Modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors

June 27, 2018 | Story Review

FDA approves new marijuana-derived drug, but was the evidence solid? Washington Post doesn’t say

The FDA has come under increasing criticism for approving risky drugs without much evidence they work, making it vital that journalists scrutinize approvals.

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First marijuana-derived drug approved, will target severe epilepsy


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