June 23, 2017 | Story Review

CBS News says ‘yoga as good as physical therapy’–OK, but what does ‘good’ mean?

When it comes to chronic back pain, “any single treatment approach is unlikely to prove helpful to all or even most patients,” as an editorial accompanying the study explained. This includes yoga.

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New study shows promise of yoga in treating back pain

June 22, 2017 | News Release Review 1

Key omission: Coffee-based surgical stabilizing cap never tested in actual surgeries

The release also omitted costs and limitations of the research.

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How six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

June 21, 2017 | Story Review

Acupuncture in the ER: No, study did not prove it was ‘safe and effective’

As the study abstract states, “none of the examined therapies provided optimal acute analgesia.” That point didn’t make it into this story, which relied heavily on the news release.

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Acupuncture May Be Effective Painkiller in the ER

June 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Acupuncture treatment is feasible for young children — but is it beneficial?

Why should parents feel “hopeful” about study showing parents adhered to schedule of acupuncture treatments? The release doesn’t say.

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New study from KKI shows feasibility of acupuncture in young children with ASD

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