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November 14, 2018 | News Release Review

Researchers apply leap of faith to preliminary study of fecal transplant for immunotherapy-induced colitis

The proof-of-concept study involved only two patients.

2 Star

Fecal transplant effective against immunotherapy-induced colitis

November 13, 2018 | Story Review

CNN overstates evidence linking neck pulse measurements to increased dementia risk

The story didn’t tell readers this was an observational study–cause-and-effect couldn’t be established.

2 Star

Five-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years earlier, say scientists

November 9, 2018 | Story Review

Fox News regurgitates a hot mess from the UK Sun

The story is full of holes and canned quotes, making the news release more informative.

2 Star

Artificial intelligence can predict Alzheimer’s 6 years earlier than medics, study finds

November 8, 2018 | News Release Review

Kudos for university’s restraint in promoting at-home HPV tests for women

The release is also very transparent about potential conflicts of interest.

4 Star

Mailed HPV tests can help find women at-risk for cervical cancer, study finds

November 2, 2018 | News Release Review

Claim that fermented dairy products reduce heart attacks leaves us feeling sour

There’s an emerging assumption that fermented dairy products might be “pro-biotic” and, therefore, “heart-friendly.” But, at this time, that remains purely speculative.

2 Star

Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack

November 1, 2018 | News Release Review

University takes cautious approach in promoting rapid test for diagnosing brain disease

The release appropriately noted that the test needs validation through a larger study.

3 Star

Is it Brain Infection or Cancer? A New Rapid Test Could Hold the Answer

November 1, 2018 | Story Review

Thoughtful and thorough, AP story looks at growing trend of using ketamine for depression

When it comes to ketamine, people with depression and their families should be informed of the unclear benefits and risks.

5 Star

High hopes & hype for experimental depression drug ketamine

October 29, 2018 | Story Review

ABC News story perpetuates misinformation that new drug will prevent spread of flu

Also, the story states that Xofluza is associated with fewer side effects than Tamiflu, but it doesn’t mention any potential harms.

2 Star

FDA approves new flu pill that can be taken after onset of symptoms


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