March 1, 2017 | News Release Review

Wrist or groin? Kudos to release on angioplasty routes for paying close attention to costs

This was an observational study using Medicare data, and the limitations weren’t mentioned in the release.

3 Star

Study Reveals Ways to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs for Common Heart Procedure

February 28, 2017 | News Release Review

Screening MRI for breast cancer: news release is strong on costs and novelty

More discussion on the study limitations and the test’s accuracy in ruling out the presence of disease (its specificity) would have made it even better.

3 Star

Screening MRI benefits women at average risk of breast cancer

February 22, 2017 | News Release Review

PR release touts big numbers in HRT protection against dementia studies, but ignores important numbers

The seemingly massive study size of the studies summarized here overshadow the minimal effects from hormone therapy.

2 Star

Postmenopausal hormone therapy exceeding ten years may protect from dementia

February 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Unfounded claims dog news release on ‘fasting-mimicking diet’

The release goes beyond what the study leaders reported, even contradicting a study author quoted within the release.

1 Star

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

February 21, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Elegant’ delivery of estrogen therapy for painful intercourse? Useful measurement missing in PR release

What are the costs, harms, benefits, evidence, and novelty surrounding this estrogen treatment for vaginal dryness? The release doesn’t say.

1 Star

High rates of satisfaction for applicator free local estrogen softgel ovule

February 20, 2017 | News Release Review

FDA announces approval of new psoriasis drug with strong caveats on harms, but no data to support benefit claim

News release on a new injectable biologic drug for psoriasis comes with strong cautions about side effects, but incomplete description of the evidence.

3 Star

FDA approves new psoriasis drug

February 15, 2017 | News Release Review 1

Benefits of testosterone therapy in reducing risk of heart disease remain murky, despite claims from Bayer-funded researchers

This release on an observational study of men taking testosterone therapy compared with those who did not fails to bring clarity to the testosterone replacement therapy research landscape.

2 Star

Testosterone therapy provides protection against cardiovascular disease in men with low testosterone

February 15, 2017 | News Release Review

A randomized trial of rectal cancer treatment strategies is newsworthy, so why leave out numbers backing the claims?

Data on the benefits of the various rectal cancer treatments studied would have helped readers assess the significance of the research announcement.

3 Star

New method reduces adverse effects of rectal cancer treatment

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