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CBS: “breakthrough” on supposed opioid alternative not even tested in humans yet
The CBS Morning News packed so much hyperbolic punch into one piece, it was breathtaking. They promoted the piece as “only seen on CBS This Morning,” and thank goodness for that. Keep in mind that the story admitted that the compound hasn’t been tested in humans yet. In that context, let these claims soak […]
Doctor with industry ties call sleep apnea device ‘revolutionary’ and ‘a game changer’ in CBS News story
It is important for any story about medical treatments to offer detailed–and accurate–information about the costs, risks and benefits of a treatment.
Sleep apnea patient finds rest with implant device: "It saved my life"
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.
New study shows promise of yoga in treating back pain
CBS’s anecdotal story on botox for major depression omits major conflicts of interest
Relying on just one expert source invites trouble, particularly when the source has multiple ties to the intervention and stands to gain financially from its approval.
Botox tested to help treat depression and social anxiety
‘Promising’ new lymphoma treatment gets superficial, one-sided coverage by CBS
The story also neglects to mention that the treatment is expected to cost more than a quarter-million dollars.
Promising new lymphoma treatment gets fast-tracked by FDA
CBS News speculates about what at-home sperm-checking device ‘could’ do
The story focuses on the many unvetted possibilities of this device; it could “shake up the world of fertility testing” and it “could also potentially be used by men who have had a vasectomy to monitor their progress.”
Sperm problems? Smartphone device could screen for infertility
CBS barely dodges observational study trap with hot chili pepper story
In this study, hot chili peppers were associated with a longer life but also lower income and higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.
Good news for people who love spicy food
Optimism and longevity: Absolute rates of death risk would have improved CBS story
The story also missed an important discussion about how much the results could stem from having good health–that perhaps this causes the optimism, and not vice versa.
How optimism may help you live longer
CBS’s look at a preliminary trial using gene therapy needed more on downsides and unknowns
The story leans on one family’s experience to suggest that the experimental therapy is effective, when in fact the small trial has yet to be fully analyzed, published and peer reviewed.
Fighting genetic disease with help from HIV virus
CBS story on water-based physical therapy stays in the shallow end
The story highlights several reasons why water-based therapy may be appealing, but provides no evidence to say that the outcomes mentioned are actually improved.
The water workout trend health experts are gushing over
CBS story on stem cells and root canals inflates the benefits and ignores the risks
When there are no direct clinical benefits to quantify about a possible new medical intervention, it’s a sign the research may be too preliminary for a wide audience.
Stem cell research aims to put an end to root canals
CBS News story on Alzheimer’s treatment follows familiar formula
The story follows a tired formula of teasing readers with hopeful statements about a potential cure, only to conclude with the caveat that more study is needed to determine whether the idea will actually work.
Can memory loss in Alzheimer's patients be reversed?
CBS News story hypes unproven stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury
This story effectively conveys the devastation of spinal cord injuries and correctly identifies stem cell therapy as an experimental and unproven treatment, but its thrust that the therapy “shows promise” is misleading; its efficacy has yet to be supported by rigorous trials.
Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise
CBS’s same-day hip replacement story makes it sound like a new procedure
The story includes important cautions from a skeptical surgeon, but the prominence of the surgeon and institution that are actively marketing this procedure results in a story that implies greater benefits and fewer risks than there is evidence to support.
Same-day hip replacements get patients back on their feet
CBS proclaims ‘cancer breakthrough’ – doesn’t explain what FDA means by that term
What does it mean when the FDA designates an experimental approach with “breakthrough status”? You weren’t given an adequate explanation last night when CBS News led its evening newscast with a graphic reading “CANCER BREAKTHROUGH.” It was a followup to what CBS says is its two-year exploration of a polio-virus-for-glioblastoma trial at Duke. It was featured on […]