April 26, 2017 | News Release Review

Kudos to medical group’s summary of alternative treatment for hepatitis C in children

The release is transparent about potential conflicts of interest and provides a good snapshot of the benefits. The release would have been better if it dialed back on the sensational language and included the cost of this pricey drug.

4 Star

Investigational dose of oral interferon-free treatment can cure hepatitis C in children

April 24, 2017 | News Release Review

Older drug retested for managing Parkinson’s disease symptoms: What are the costs and harms?

This release would have been more complete with a few more details and disclosure of a long-standing financial relationship between author and sponsor.

3 Star

150-year-old Drug May Provide ‘Off’ Time Relief for People with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

April 20, 2017 | News Release Review

More cavalier uses of the term ‘cure’ in describing pilot metastatic prostate cancer treatment

This release on a small study does not provide enough data to show that the three-pronged treatment studied can “cure” prostate cancer.

2 Star

A potential cure for metastatic prostate cancer? Treatment combination shows early promise

April 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Poor to fair improvement in health of HIV patients described as “amazing”

There are lessons to be learned from this small study. We wish the release had included more numbers and caveats from the published article.

2 Star

Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health

April 18, 2017 | News Release Review

More details would help assess value of dry needling vs. cortisone injection for hip pain

The addition of cost and the degree of improvement for this alternative treatment for hip pain would have made this release more complete.

3 Star

Dry needling offers alternative to cortisone injection for hip pain

April 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Scant evidence for surgeon’s claims about alternate breast reduction technique

The release also neglects to cover cost and any measurable benefits associated with the procedure.

3 Star

Technique improves breast reduction outcomes

April 17, 2017 | News Release Review

New device for removing birthmarks, port-wine stains, tattoos? Release is selling a pig in a poke

Sensational terms like “revolutionized” are inapplicable when used to describe a new treatment that has yet to be tested on humans.

1 Star

Laser-Based Dermatological Procedures Could Be Revolutionized with New Techniqu

April 13, 2017 | News Release Review

Release on pet-friendly association study is all cute bark with not much bite

This summary of pet ownership and allergies is mostly cautious about the observational research but more details on the study itself are needed.

3 Star

Pet exposure may reduce allergy and obesity

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