May 26, 2016 | News Release Review

Once again, NIH release on blood pressure targets lacks info on absolute benefits, potential harms

This quick summary of results from a large study missed an opportunity to help clarify the best way to manage high blood pressure in the elderly.

2 Star

NIH study confirms benefits of intensive blood pressure management among seniors aged 75 and older

May 26, 2016 | Story Review 1

WSJ’s look at apps and wearables for ‘text neck’ takes a measured approach

The story is very up front about an important thing: There is no evidence that either device actually works.

4 Star

A Cure for Digital Addicts’ ‘Text Neck’?

May 26, 2016 | News Release Review

No cautions, limitations named in PR release about melatonin as aid for high BP and insomnia

Warnings about harms that could be caused by adding melatonin to an elderly patient’s medicine chest should have been front and center in this news release.

1 Star

Melatonin reduces blood pressure and tunes up disrupted circadian rhythms in the elderly

May 25, 2016 | News Release Review

News release uses restraint in describing early results of experimental cancer drug. Good.

How do you describe an experimental cancer drug without losing balance? This release teeters a bit but ends up making the stick.

4 Star

Investigational CDK4/6 inhibitor abemaciclib is active against a range of cancer types


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