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Early on the CNN story makes a bold claim that the test could save thousands of lives, yet in many cases, early detection of cancer does not guarantee a longer, healthier life.
The news release doesn’t provide any data. Nor does it mention how memory, performance, motivation, or mood were measured.
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.
The release asserts that stem cells are a promising approach to regenerating a torn meniscus, but the data are very limited.
News stories must be careful to explain study limitations so that people come away understanding what a study couldn’t measure.
While robotic surgery may be “not inferior” to standard therapy for bladder cancer, it does have added costs and a longer procedure time.
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.
Changes in surrogate markers don’t necessarily translate to better health outcomes affecting patient pain and quality of life.
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