Dozens of journal articles cross our desks at NPR each week and, like nurses in the emergency room, we need to do rapid triage.
First we scan for those in critical need of attention (they aren't all that frequent). Next we look for studies that are interesting but not essential. Finally, we ask ourselves whether articles that are iffy need some attention anyway, since other news organizations are going to run with them. We figure Shots readers would like to see our take.