December 13, 2017 | News Release Review 1

Marijuana may slow mental decline ‘in up to 50 percent of HIV patients’? Bold claim unsupported by research

Pot for thought? How about a better explanation of the science before we send HIV patients to the green pharmacy.

1 Star

Marijuana May Help HIV Patients Keep Mental Stamina Longer

December 12, 2017 | Story Review

Gene therapy and hemophilia: Washington Post wisely tells readers ‘the study has some limitations’

Whether this particular treatment revolutionizes the landscape for hemophilia B sufferers will remain an open question for some years–and the story should have emphasized that more.

4 Star

Gene therapy makes a big advance treating hemophilia B blood disorder

December 11, 2017 | News Release Review

Kerastem gives thin summary of phase 2 hair growth procedure results

Readers aren’t even told if the procedure will be available in the US.

2 Star

Kerastem Reports Successful US Phase II Hair Growth Clinical Trial Results

December 11, 2017 | Story Review

A short, small study can’t prove opening doors or windows improves sleep quality

3 Star

Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

December 8, 2017 | News Release Review

Newcastle U’s second take on type 2 diabetes research still comes up short

The more recent release does a better job of addressing benefits and the quality of the evidence.

2 Star

Type 2 diabetes is not for life

December 7, 2017 | Story Review

When weight loss is the intervention, it’s still important to talk about costs and harms

To its credit, the story competently describes the study methods and findings.

3 Star

Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes, New Study Finds

December 6, 2017 | Story Review

Outside experts help round out NBC’s report on minimally invasive back pain procedure

However, the headline’s a bit more positive than perhaps it should be, and information about financial costs and potential harms is missing,

3 Star

Radiofrequency therapy relieved herniated disc pain in new study

December 5, 2017 | Story Review

Guardian story on new migraine drug never establishes why it’s ‘an important step forward’

But, the piece does a good job putting the results into context and even compares those findings to the placebo group, giving them a more transparent and helpful context.

2 Star

Migraine drug could halve the length of attacks, study shows


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