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July 19, 2018 | Story Review

All anecdote, no data: NPR’s take on high blood pressure and dementia

The story may mislead people into thinking that if they pop a pressure pill each day, they will avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s unproven.

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Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure

July 17, 2018 | News Release Review

Claims that torn meniscus can be regenerated based on single case study wither under scrutiny

The release asserts that stem cells are a promising approach to regenerating a torn meniscus, but the data are very limited.

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Stem Cells Shows Promise For Repairing Torn Meniscus

July 16, 2018 | Story Review

A 50% reduction in suicide risk? NPR story overstates the benefits of ‘Safety Planning Intervention’

News stories must be careful to explain study limitations so that people come away understanding what a study couldn’t measure.

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A Simple Emergency Room Intervention Can Help Cut Suicide Risk

July 16, 2018 | News Release Review

Recap of robotic surgery study shows useful comparison with standard surgery, but sidesteps cost

While robotic surgery may be “not inferior” to standard therapy for bladder cancer, it does have added costs and a longer procedure time.

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Robotic surgery as effective as open surgery for bladder cancer

July 12, 2018 | Story Review

Genetic testing to guide antidepressant choices: Big news coverage, but limited evidence

The evidence cited here is still very preliminary, a finding we also noticed in another recently reviewed article on using genetic testing for targeting depression meds.

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Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help

July 11, 2018 | News Release Review

Announcement tempts people suffering disabling hand condition with ‘new hope’ based on study of surrogate markers

Changes in surrogate markers don’t necessarily translate to better health outcomes affecting patient pain and quality of life.

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New hope for patients with incurable and disabling hand condition, Dupuytren's disease

July 10, 2018 | Story Review

WSJ offers caution early and often in coverage of latest experimental Alzheimer’s drug

This article demonstrates it’s not only desireable but also possible to write objectively and temper expectations when writing for a business audience.

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Drugmakers Call Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Study Positive

July 10, 2018 | News Release Review

Knee cartilage transplant said to be as good for older patients as younger ones — but how good is that?

Saying that older patients benefit from the procedure as much as younger patients isn’t really saying much. The release didn’t mention the limited evidence that supports the procedure in younger patients.

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Older patients with knee pain may benefit from allograft transplant technique

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