January 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Computer tablets for easing agitation in dementia patients: Hospital gives fair treatment to small pilot study

More numbers — length of the study, cost of the tablets, measures of improvement — would have been helpful.

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Tablet devices show promise in managing agitation among patients with dementia

January 13, 2017 | Story Review

Guardian’s look at weekend warrior study: Why no mention of (plentiful) limitations?

But, we were pleased to see the inclusion of an independent source, who helped establish what was novel about the study findings.

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Weekend workouts can benefit health as much as a week of exercise, say researchers

January 13, 2017 | Story Review

Newsweek confuses association with causation in ‘weekend warrior’ exercise story

Researchers saw an association with physical activity and reduced risk of death when looking at data–they did not prove it’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

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‘WEEKEND WARRIOR’ WORKOUTS ARE BENEFICIAL AS JUST 20 MINUTES OF EXERCISE A DAY

January 12, 2017 | News Release Review

Fast-track this ‘revolutionary’ dental treatment? No way. Intervention only tested in mice tooth cells

This release on a study of mice teeth cells oversells promise of a dental treatment for humans. None of the key words “mice,” “mouse” or “animal” appear even once in the text.

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Natural tooth repair method, using Alzheimer's drug, could revolutionize dental treatments

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