NOTE TO READERS: When this project lost substantial funding at the end of 2018, I lost the ability to continue publishing criteria-driven news story reviews and PR news release reviews - once the bread-and-butter of the site going back to 2006. The 3,200 archived reviews, while still educational, are getting old and difficult for me to technically maintain on the back end of the website. So I am announcing that I plan to remove these reviews from the site by April 1, 2021. The blog and the toolkit - two of the most popular features on the site - will remain. If you wish to peruse the reviews before they disappear, please do so by the end of March 2021. After that date you may still be able to access them via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine -

Reminder of our online toolkit: tips for understanding studies

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Many visitors to this site may still be unaware of one important little corner of the site – our
“Tips for Understanding Studies.”

It’s just a collection of brief little primers on important topics such as:

Resources for Reporting on Costs of Medical Interventions

Association Versus Causation (primer on limitations of observational studies)

“Off-label” Drug Use and Marketing

7 Words (and more) You Shouldn’t Use in Medical News

Pitfalls of News from Scientific Meetings

Absolute vs. Relative Risk

Number Needed to Treat (NNT)


Single Source Stories

FDA Approval Not Guaranteed

Phases of Drug trials

Medical Devices

Animal & Lab Studies

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