September 25, 2017 | News Release Review

Summary of studies on sleep deprivation didn’t caution that depression benefits are short lived

Oft-studied sleep deprivation for depression still shows only temporary gains in those that do respond.

3 Star

Sleep deprivation is an effective anti-depressant for nearly half of depressed patients

September 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Bodycad claims untested 3D printed knee replacements offer ‘improved clinical outcomes’

The release also neglected to mention a quoted surgeon’s conflict of interest as well as harms and costs associated with knee replacement surgery.

2 Star

Bodycad Announces First Use of Its Unicompartmental Knee System in Patients

September 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Superiority of LED lights over sunlight in producing Vitamin D3 not proven in tissue samples alone

Boston U’s study of UV LEDs on skin samples is a lab outcome, not a clinical outcome on patients.

2 Star

LED lights safer, more effective in producing Vitamin D3 than sunlight

September 18, 2017 | News Release Review

U of Pittsburgh recap of COPD drug study touts ‘statistically significant’ results, but are they meaningful to patients?

Some discussion of costs, harms and more focus on what the benefits actually represent to patients would have made the release stronger.

4 Star

Therapy proves effective in subgroup of COPD patients

September 14, 2017 | News Release Review

Announcement on fortified food for acute malnutrition neglects to mention patents held by study authors

Readers would take away a better understanding of this critical issue if the release focused more on the study itself than on quoting researchers on the importance of the project.

2 Star

New research to treat acute malnutrition

September 13, 2017 | News Release Review

Tufts recap of exercise in the elderly study notes benefits but lacks needed details

The release never specifies which risks were reduced.

3 Star

Small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

September 11, 2017 | News Release Review

Little studied joint pain therapy stresses celebrity endorsement, not evidence

The release isn’t clear about just who should get this treatment and ends up over-selling it for all types of joint pain.

2 Star

Arthrokinex Announces IRAPjoint Product, a Non-Drug, Non-Surgical Joint Pain Management Solution Made From Your Own Blood.

September 8, 2017 | News Release Review 3

Summary of early Parkinson’s drug study claims there’s proof, but that’s misleading

Stating that researchers have “proof” that an antidepressant can slow Parkinson’s progression is misleading when the drug hasn’t been tested in patients.

1 Star

Longtime antidepressant could slow Parkinson's

September 6, 2017 | News Release Review

Schizophrenia treatment announcement aptly summarizes benefits and evidence

But readers would have been better served if the release had been sent after the relevant research was also publicly available.

3 Star

Scientists discover and target brain area in patients with schizophrenia who 'hear voices'

September 5, 2017 | News Release Review

Red sage as an osteoporosis ‘treatment?’ Benefits shown in six mice, not people

This is very preliminary research and the limitations of animal research and small samples should have been mentioned in the release.

2 Star

New osteoporosis treatment uses traditional Chinese herb to prevent bone loss

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