November 25, 2015 | News Release Review

All tree nuts, not just walnuts, “may” be good for heart health

This release contains a lot of good information that suggests tree nuts can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, while it gently steers the reader toward choosing walnuts.

3 Star

Study finds tree nut consumption may lower risk of cardiovascular disease

November 25, 2015 | News Release Review

Will diet and exercise protect men from lethal prostate cancer?

Studies tracking older men who participated in vigorous exercise shows they had a lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, but there’s no cause and effect data.

4 Star

Working up a sweat may protect men from lethal prostate cancer

November 23, 2015 | Story Review

Should light therapy be recommended for depression in general — not just in winter?

Although this story checked 6 out of 9 of our boxes to earn a 4-star score, the misses were notable because they dealt with benefits, harms, and quality of evidence — all extremely important.

4 Star

Light therapy effective for treating depression, not just winter blues

November 23, 2015 | News Release Review

Popping unjustified claims from a new acne product news release

This news release was all sizzle and no steak. Details to back up claims are never presented.

1 Star

HSRx Group's Acne Product Outperforms Market Leader in Clinical Trial; Demonstrates Faster Reduction of Acne Count, Redness & Severity


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