March 23, 2017 | News Release Review

Benefits of early referral to palliative care were measurable, so why omit numbers from the release?

Absolute numbers — readily available in the study — showing the results were not included in the news release. But the release provides good context in other areas.

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Palliative Care Consults for Patients with Advanced Cancers Reduces Hospitalization and Improves Quality of Care

March 23, 2017 | News Release Review

Benefits and evidence inflated in release about mesothelioma drug safety trial

We’ve seen it before: releases claim benefits and evidence based only on small safety trials — this time it’s an experimental drug for mesothelioma.

2 Star

Pembrolizumab shows promise in treatment of mesothelioma

March 22, 2017 | Story Review

Online counseling for high blood pressure: Washington Post wisely includes caveats

We also appreciated the discussion of how common high blood pressure is and why it’s so important to treat.

4 Star

Web-based counseling reduces blood pressure, according to a new study

March 21, 2017 | Story Review

NY Times’s look at non-drug heartburn treatments may leave readers confused

It conflates occasional acid reflux (or gastroesophageal reflux, which can cause heartburn) with the more serious problem of GERD, which also can cause heartburn.

2 Star

Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead


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