Health News Review
  • Nov 5 2012

    Proton Beam Therapy: evaluating claims in ASTRO papers of “excellent” quality of life data

    Last week, the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual conference was held in Boston, and several papers were presented on proton beam therapy, and several medical centers sent out news releases about their involvement in the work.  MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston  and Loma Linda University Medical Center in California were two that we [...]

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  • Oct 10 2012

    HealthDay publishes two examples of news-release-journalism in one day

    And it may happen on many other days as well – with them – or with others.  But these two got our goat. 1.  New MRI MIght Help Spot Heart Disease Early:  Study It’s entirely based on a news release from the journal Radiology.  There is no independent analysis of claims such as this: “The [...]

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  • Sep 12 2012

    Spinning trial results in news releases and subsequent news coverage

    A paper by a French team in PLoS Medicine, “Misrepresentation of Randomized Controlled Trials in Press Releases and News Coverage: A Cohort Study,” shows once again “the tendency for press releases and the associated media coverage of randomized clinical trials to place emphasis on the beneficial effects of experimental treatments.”  More from the paper: “This [...]

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  • Jul 17 2012

    Cocoa as Sunscreen? PR Firm Shamelessly Hypes Tiny Study

    The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org. He is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He tweets as @Klomangino. ———————————————– With the summer [...]

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  • Mar 27 2012

    Weighty Matters blogger dismantles chocolate news release & study

    Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, self-described as founder of “a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre,” is also an active blogger. (An editor of the BMJ reacted on my blog to Freedhoff’s piece from last week about a white rice & diabetes study.  See the exchange of comments at the end of the piece.) His [...]

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