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Brain MRIs as a tool to prevent Alzheimer’s? Too much hype, and too little evidence, from a radiology society news release
This report strikes out on many levels and does many things that we think news releases shouldn’t do.
Preventive neuroradiology: Brain imaging bolsters efforts to lower Alzheimer's risk
CBS: slow down the Alzheimer’s drug trial hype – 2 examples in 1 week.
What follows are the third and fourth Alzheimer’s disease news items we’ve reviewed in the last 3 days. This could be a full-time beat. Perhaps some of what we’re seeing was prompted by The Alzheimer’s Association conducting its “advocacy forum” in Washington this week, with a national fundraising dinner last night (with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer […]
Podcast: The problematic promise of a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s disease
The Alzheimer’s Association has fundraising commercials promising breakthroughs and cures for a disease in which the cause is unknown and a treatment hasn’t been found. Is this irresponsible? Unethical? Potentially harmful?
Many questions linger about this possible Alzheimer’s treatment. So why the avalanche of news coverage?
News organizations rightly reported the numerous asterisks attached to a small mid-stage study of a potential Alzheimer’s treatment highlighted at this week’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. As some stories reported, the study was a Phase 2 trial that hasn’t been peer reviewed or published in a journal, in which the drug didn’t meet its primary […]
HealthDay provides needed details on side effects of THC-based drug studied for Alzheimer’s agitation
However, the story didn’t provide any supporting numbers for the touted benefits.
Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?
No, an asthma drug tested in mice does not bring ‘new hope’ for Alzheimer’s patients, at least not yet
Use of use of words like “breakthrough” and a phrase suggesting the drug offers “new hope” for patients detract from the cautious aspects of this release.
Temple researchers reverse cognitive impairments in mice with dementia
‘Daily ibuprofen can prevent Alzheimer’s disease’ and other unproven claims by Canadian neuroscientist
The news release suggests that the way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease early is by looking for elevated levels of Abeta42 in the saliva, thereby allowing early treatment with ibuprofen. However, no data on the accuracy of this screening method is included.
Canadian neuroscientists say daily ibuprofen can prevent Alzheimer's disease
‘$7.9 trillion’ savings from earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis: Is there a hidden agenda behind the numbers?
More disease advocacy organizations are enlisting business consulting groups to conduct research to further their causes and, not coincidentally, those of their pharmaceutical company sponsors. This week the strategy paid off for the Alzheimer’s Association: An article in Bloomberg News headlined “Spotting Alzheimer’s Early Could Save America $7.9 Trillion” came from the annual Facts and […]
ABC downplays gloomy context in reporting ‘remarkable’ BACE1 finding for Alzheimer’s
This story buoyantly reports on a finding that amyloid plaque can be reversed in mice but misses potential harms and an announcement about an aborted BACE1 trial in humans just a day earlier.
Alzheimer's disease reversed in mice, offering hope for humans, new research shows
5 questions to ask when writing (and reading) about new Alzheimer’s drug research
Now is a good time to prepare for the onslaught of public relations messages about new Alzheimer’s disease (AD) drugs that are coming down the pike. This fall, at least six phase III AD drug trials will be wrapping up–and it’s a sure bet their findings will be published in both major and minor journals […]
Here’s why you can go ahead and ignore all those clickbaiting ‘olive oil protects against Alzheimer’s’ headlines
What a story from USA Today: “Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows.” I’m not even sure where to begin on this one. So. Many. Issues. And, unfortunately, USA Today was not the only news outlet to cover this study. Newsweek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Philadelphia Inquirer all covered it, too. […]
Company release on green tea for Down syndrome good on transparency, avoids hype
Trial sponsor is up-front about sponsorship and uses measured language in its news release.
Life Extension-supported study published in Lancet Neurology finds green tea extract improves cognition in Down Syndrome
Sensational Tweets on Alzheimer’s & breast cancer by University of Manchester in 1 week
Kathlyn Stone, an associate editor, manages our health care news release review project. She tweets at @KatKStone People who should know better are playing cat and mouse with health claims on Twitter. In the course of one week the University of Manchester used Twitter to promote two sensational health claims. Last week evolutionary biologist Jonathan […]6
Can $2 billion a year cure Alzheimer’s?
The following is a guest post by Linda Furlini, PhD, who works as a research associate at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, in Montreal. Editor’s note: When Hillary Clinton’s campaign gathered reporters on a conference call recently to announce her plan to devote $2 billion annually to Alzheimer’s research that would lead to a […]
Where does the hype come from? A news release/news story comparison
Hype in health news stories often originates with an exaggerated news release from an academic institution, research suggests. But news releases aren’t always to blame when journalists make over-the-top claims about a study. Sometimes, the news release can do an excellent job of presenting a careful, cautious summary of the research that emphasizes limitations and […]