April 21, 2017 | Story Review

NBC’s single source report on device for treating cluster headaches lacks balance

Relying on just one source, the story doesn’t tackle any of the weaknesses of the research, including its failure to reach its goal. Only when a smaller sub-group of volunteers was analyzed did the device show a statistical improvement in symptoms.

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FDA Approves Vagus Nerve Stimulator to Treat Cluster Headaches

April 20, 2017 | News Release Review

More cavalier uses of the term ‘cure’ in describing pilot metastatic prostate cancer treatment

This release on a small study does not provide enough data to show that the three-pronged treatment studied can “cure” prostate cancer.

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A potential cure for metastatic prostate cancer? Treatment combination shows early promise

April 20, 2017 | Story Review

CBS’s anecdotal story on botox for major depression omits major conflicts of interest

Relying on just one expert source invites trouble, particularly when the source has multiple ties to the intervention and stands to gain financially from its approval.

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Botox tested to help treat depression and social anxiety

April 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Poor to fair improvement in health of HIV patients described as “amazing”

There are lessons to be learned from this small study. We wish the release had included more numbers and caveats from the published article.

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Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health

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