February 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Unfounded claims dog news release on ‘fasting-mimicking diet’

The release goes beyond what the study leaders reported, even contradicting a study author quoted within the release.

1 Star

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

February 21, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Elegant’ delivery of estrogen therapy for painful intercourse? Useful measurement missing in PR release

What are the costs, harms, benefits, evidence, and novelty surrounding this estrogen treatment for vaginal dryness? The release doesn’t say.

1 Star

High rates of satisfaction for applicator free local estrogen softgel ovule

February 21, 2017 | Story Review

In story on vision-improving headset, WSJ left most important detail in the dark

This is a story that’s long on anecdote (from a company spokesperson) and short on medical evidence.

3 Star

For the Blind, an Actual-Reality Headset

February 20, 2017 | News Release Review

FDA announces approval of new psoriasis drug with strong caveats on harms, but no data to support benefit claim

News release on a new injectable biologic drug for psoriasis comes with strong cautions about side effects, but incomplete description of the evidence.

3 Star

FDA approves new psoriasis drug

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