January 18, 2017 | News Release Review

Researcher touts test as an aid to preventing miscarriage — but neglects to disclose he holds a patent on it

It’s not clear from the release if it’s touting progesterone or a patented test for determining which women might benefit from such therapy.

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Progesterone may be key to preventing recurrent miscarriage

January 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Study results overplayed in announcement on investigational HER2-positive breast cancer drug

It’s premature to call results from a short duration, very small phase 1 safety trial life-saving and “practice changing.”

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Tucatinib (ONT-380) progressing in pivotal trial against HER2+ breast cancer

January 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Computer tablets for easing agitation in dementia patients: Hospital gives fair treatment to small pilot study

More numbers — length of the study, cost of the tablets, measures of improvement — would have been helpful.

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Tablet devices show promise in managing agitation among patients with dementia

January 12, 2017 | News Release Review

Fast-track this ‘revolutionary’ dental treatment? No way. Intervention only tested in mice tooth cells

This release on a study of mice teeth cells oversells promise of a dental treatment for humans. None of the key words “mice,” “mouse” or “animal” appear even once in the text.

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Natural tooth repair method, using Alzheimer's drug, could revolutionize dental treatments

January 11, 2017 | News Release Review

Release on new dry eye drug leaves readers high and dry

We’re not sure from the release who the target audience is: dry eye sufferers or industry analysts?

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Sun Pharma Announces Positive Topline Results of Confirmatory Phase-3 Clinical Trial for Seciera™ for Treatment of Dry Eye

January 10, 2017 | News Release Review

What can zinc supplementation in 18 healthy US men reveal about global zinc needs? Not much.

This study might have important public health implications but the release will leave readers confused about its message. Are readers being encouraged to consume more zinc, and if so how? Through supplementation or zinc fortified foods? It’s not at all clear.

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Zinc eaten at levels found in biofortified crops reduces 'wear and tear' on DNA

January 9, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Promising results’ from breast cancer vaccine trial — but most patients had noninvasive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

The release states: “vaccines are more effective in DCIS” but there’s broad disagreement whether these low-grade, noninvasive conditions are cancer.

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Vaccine shows promising results for early-stage breast cancer patients

January 6, 2017 | News Release Review 2

Fish oil trade group inflates findings on heart disease risk reduction

The release claims a 16% risk reduction in study volunteers with high triglycerides and 14% reduced risk in those with high LDL cholesterol. But according to the meta-analysis, only 6 of 18 randomized controlled trials (RCT) studied patients with high triglycerides and only 5 of 14 RCTs looked at patients with high LDL cholesterol.

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New study finds EPA and DHA omega-3s lower risk of coronary heart disease


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