May 29, 2015 | Story Review

Survival statistic unbalances coverage of virus-based melanoma therapy

This story provided a rosier picture of the benefit than was warranted. The appropriate overall survival statistic to report would have been the median survival rate in the entire population, not the average survival.

3 Star

Scientists are using herpes to treat skin cancer — and it’s working

May 29, 2015 | Story Review 2

Waiting to clamp the umbilical cord — NPR carefully balances discussion of benefits and harms

Inclusion of potential harms and more expert context elevate this story above the competing USA Today version.

4 Star

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

May 29, 2015 | Story Review

Coverage of delayed umbilical cord clamping omits possible harms to baby and an important study limitation

Not a bad effort — but not quite as thorough as a competing NPR story on the same study.

4 Star

Waiting a few minutes to cut umbilical cord helps baby

May 28, 2015 | Story Review

Not enough women getting bone scans for osteoporosis? Incomplete story fails to dig deeper than the news release

Relying excessively on a news release, this story missed an opportunity to explore an issue with important implications for patients and the health care system.

2 Star

Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren't Getting It

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