September 3, 2015 | Story Review

Why are so few women being treated for menopause symptoms? “Rational choice” not high on this story’s list of answers

This story doesn’t provide evidence to back up claims that certain therapies mentioned in the story are safe and effective. It also seems to push for treatment, without adequately exploring why some women may decide against it.

3 Star

Women are not getting treated for menopausal symptoms

September 3, 2015 | Story Review

“Sleep Fights Colds”? Study author suggests headline flunks Methodology 101

This story goes too far in some places and not far enough in others when describing the results of a study on sleep and the common cold.

3 Star

Sleep Fights Colds, Study Finds

September 3, 2015 | News Release Review

Growth hormone prevents fractures? News release is silent on other factors that likely contributed to study benefit

This news release provides no sense of the limitations of the study being reported on, which are critical to understanding the result.

2 Star

Growth hormone reduces risk of osteoporosis fractures in older women

September 2, 2015 | News Release Review

Study appropriated as promotional vehicle for robotic prostate cancer surgeon

This news release seems to be more about promoting the issuing physician’s practice than informing readers about the study that’s discussed

1 Star

Are You At Risk? 5 Different Types of Prostate Cancer Found

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