June 23, 2017 | Story Review

CBS News says ‘yoga as good as physical therapy’–OK, but what does ‘good’ mean?

When it comes to chronic back pain, “any single treatment approach is unlikely to prove helpful to all or even most patients,” as an editorial accompanying the study explained. This includes yoga.

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New study shows promise of yoga in treating back pain

June 21, 2017 | Story Review

Acupuncture in the ER: No, study did not prove it was ‘safe and effective’

As the study abstract states, “none of the examined therapies provided optimal acute analgesia.” That point didn’t make it into this story, which relied heavily on the news release.

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Acupuncture May Be Effective Painkiller in the ER

June 21, 2017 | Story Review

For story on experimental prostate cancer blood test, Guardian leans heavily on news release

Unfortunately, this article glosses over the measured benefits, the costs, the harms–and much more.

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Prostate cancer blood test could transform treatment, say scientists

June 19, 2017 | Story Review

‘O-Shot’ incontinence fix: Inquirer sets out lack of scientific support for procedure

Sometimes it’s a good idea to bring a claim out of the shadows of website marketing and lone-wolf clinics and use the skills of reporting to inform a fairly wide audience what’s what with an unproven therapy.

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The O-Shot: Incontinence fix or empty promise?

June 15, 2017 | Story Review

Small, unpublished study on new knee pain procedure needed more scrutiny from NBC News

From what we can tell, there’s really not much high-quality data on this procedure–despite the FDA approval.

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‘Cool’ New Knee Procedure Eases Arthritis Pain Without Surgery

June 14, 2017 | Story Review

Washington Post’s look at Silicon Valley ‘smart drugs’ needed a stronger shot of skepticism

The story would have benefited greatly from at least one source who isn’t involved in the cognitive-enhancement movement.

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Tweaking brains with ‘smart drugs’ to get ahead in Silicon Valley

June 13, 2017 | Story Review

Speculation overshadows caution in HealthDay’s snake venom-derived blood thinner story

Less speculation about benefits for humans, and more details about what was actually studied in mice, would have improved this story.

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It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients

June 12, 2017 | Story Review

Newsweek says ‘new vaccine could stop heroin abuse’ — in four monkeys, at least

To its credit, the story did include some comments from an independent expert who discussed how the vaccine–if it ever comes to market–would not be a “panacea” for heroin addiction.

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