December 14, 2017 | Story Review

HealthDay parrots another news release, this time overstating benefits of exercise for lymphoma

Journalism is a skilled craft that requires critical thinking and hard work, because reporters have a responsibility to help their readers sort fact from fiction and to place all of this information into context. This story does not meet that bar.

2 Star

Get Active, Beat Lymphoma?

December 12, 2017 | Story Review

Gene therapy and hemophilia: Washington Post wisely tells readers ‘the study has some limitations’

Whether this particular treatment revolutionizes the landscape for hemophilia B sufferers will remain an open question for some years–and the story should have emphasized that more.

4 Star

Gene therapy makes a big advance treating hemophilia B blood disorder

December 11, 2017 | Story Review

A short, small study can’t prove opening doors or windows improves sleep quality

While we welcome a discussion of sleep quality, this story about a small study provides very little context for readers on how much air quality really plays a role in sleep quality.

3 Star

Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

December 7, 2017 | Story Review

When weight loss is the intervention, it’s still important to talk about costs and harms

To its credit, the story competently describes the study methods and findings.

3 Star

Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes, New Study Finds

December 6, 2017 | Story Review

Outside experts help round out NBC’s report on minimally invasive back pain procedure

However, the headline’s a bit more positive than perhaps it should be, and information about financial costs and potential harms is missing,

3 Star

Radiofrequency therapy relieved herniated disc pain in new study

December 5, 2017 | Story Review

Guardian story on new migraine drug never establishes why it’s ‘an important step forward’

But, the piece does a good job putting the results into context and even compares those findings to the placebo group, giving them a more transparent and helpful context.

2 Star

Migraine drug could halve the length of attacks, study shows

December 1, 2017 | Story Review

Fecal transplant via a pill? Newsweek’s coverage points out possible selection bias of study participants

However, the story should have avoided using the word “cure” in the headline, since we don’t know the long-term results yet.

4 Star

Fecal transplant via a pill? Newsweek’s coverage points out possible selection bias of study participants

November 28, 2017 | Story Review 1

Patient anecdote outweighs data in AP’s look at lymph node transfer surgery

This type of surgery is a relatively risky and untested treatment option, and news coverage needs to stress that.

3 Star

Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

November 22, 2017 | Story Review

Be wary of news headlines promising to unlock secrets of ‘living longer’

As a TIME story points out, a new study on light activity and reduced mortality can’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, yet the story never really explains why this is the case.

2 Star

Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House

November 21, 2017 | Story Review

Spit test for concussion detection: CNN story includes some important caveats

However, the story could have provided more information on the potential harms of screening tests, as well as expected costs.

4 Star

Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

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