This story describes a new way to calculate mortality risk from a treadmill test as a silver bullet that can save lives in minutes at no cost and no risk. A competing LA Times story on the same study was better.
This story is about access to a marijuana-based extract called cannabidiol oil. But we’re not necessarily talking about something that’s synthesized at the local dispensary. This is a pharmaceutical cannabidiol product that can be obtained with FDA permission by physicians through an Investigational New Drug application. The story should have made this clear.
The provocative headline for this story might have things backwards.
A good overview of why government nutrition authorities are considering a revision on their guidance for tuna consumption during pregnancy.
This story describes a small, ongoing study that touted lidocaine delivered to the back of the nasal cavity as an effective treatment for migraines. Although the story notes that the findings are preliminary, it does not inform us that the study wasn’t randomized or placebo-controlled; these are major drawbacks in interpreting the effectiveness of the procedure.
This story improves upon other recent Fox News efforts by including an independent expert perspective — the lack of which we commented on in a blog post about Fox News last week. But while our star score reflects that improvement, we still don’t think this story contributes very much to the public dialogue about health care. Our concerns are detailed in the review.
A study finds lower rates of gestational diabetes, but also more small babies, stillbirths, and newborn deaths in women who had bariatric surgery prior to their pregnancies compared with obese women who didn’t have surgery.
A generally complete report on a study of peer phone counseling for postpartum depression.
Many consumers and health care providers continue to hope that a pill, including a seemingly harmless one like vitamin D, will be the solution to a host of chronic diseases. This story explains why that thinking has a lot of holes in it.