May 2, 2016 | News Release Review

Best antidepressant for overweight people? Release makes partial case

This release concludes that buproprion is the best antidepressant for most overweight people, but the claim could have been tempered with the inclusion of some of the study limitations.

4 Star

One antidepressant shown to control weight during 2-year study

April 29, 2016 | Story Review

Strong on sources, weak on data: CBS story on using marijuana for painkiller addictions

The story relies heavily on anecdotes, and while these personal stories are weighed against the perspectives of outside researchers, with much research being cited, we are never given needed details on what that research contains.

3 Star

Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

April 28, 2016 | Story Review

Medical Daily story on Mediterranean diet study mostly echoes news release

Lacking independent sources and a robust discussion of the study’s limitations, this story was thin on any information not already provided in the news release.

3 Star

Mediterranean Diet Protects Heart Disease Sufferers From Heart Attack, Stroke

April 28, 2016 | News Release Review

Public ill-served by data-free PR release on smokeless tobacco messaging

This news release states that the public isn’t getting all available health information on smokeless tobacco products. Giving us some examples would have been a better service than scolding those accused of withholding information.

2 Star

Key health websites blindfold consumers on tobacco product risks

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