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Study testing late clot removal in stroke is important but not a “breakthrough” or “paradigm shift”
While the release provides good supporting data, readers should remember that the study was not blinded or placebo controlled which introduces some limitations.
Landmark study may impact standard stroke treatment guidelines
‘Breakthrough’ for enlarged prostates? Northwestern’s aggressive PR pitch lacks data and context
Short on details, long on promise for an alleged ‘breakthrough’ minimally invasive surgery for enlarged prostates.
Northwestern Medicine offers new Minimally Invasive Breakthrough Treatment for Enlarged Prostate
University asks readers to take leap of faith that antibiotic tested only in the lab is a ‘breakthrough’
This study may be of great interest to drug researchers, but its relevance to practicing clinicians and the general public remains unknown.
Scientists make significant breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin
‘Breakthrough’ in multiple sclerosis diagnostic? Not so fast.
The release claims that the test results can differentiate between MS and non-MS, and between MS subtypes, but there are no numbers provided for us to assess that.
Research pinpoints powerful biomarker of multiple sclerosis
A meta-analysis of treatment statistics is no ‘breakthrough in the treatment of anal cancer’
Readers would have been better served by an acknowledgement that there are weaknesses inherent in meta-analysis of studies.
Specialists make breakthrough in the treatment of anal cancer
Ohio State’s claim of a research ‘breakthrough’ buries key info: it’s not in people
A proof of concept in rodents may be exciting for the researchers, but the news release goes too far in proclaiming a “breakthrough.”
Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch
It’s misleading to call results from phase 1 trials with 6 and 13 patients a ‘cancer breakthrough’
Although the two trials profiled in the Newsweek article are phase 1 safety trials, the article barely mentions safety and calls it a breakthrough — quite prematurely.
CANCER BREAKTHROUGH: PERSONALIZED MELANOMA VACCINES ‘SAFE AND EFFECTIVE’ IN FIRST HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS
Study on cochlear implant surgical techniques misnamed ‘breakthrough’
The release also missed an opportunity to describe costs and harms of this procedure — two factors very important to potential patients.
Mount Sinai researcher identifies best practices for cochlear implant hearing preservation
No, a pre-clinical animal trial is not a “breakthrough” for men with advanced prostate cancers
This release would have been greatly improved with a caution that pre-clinical animal research often doesn’t pan out in people.
Breakthrough Study Stops Fat-Eating Prostate Cancer Cells
‘Fake breakthrough, fake news:’ One physician-researcher’s takeaway on news coverage of MS drug Ocrevus
The biggest health news of last week was undoubtedly the FDA approval of Roche’s Ocrevus for a severe form of multiple sclerosis. The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, NBC News, Fox News, STAT News, HealthDay, TIME.com, and Reuters–and many others–wrote about the drug, also known as ocrelizumab. When we peeked behind the headlines, though, we […]
Local TV news sweeps period bubbles with “breakthroughs”
Another local TV news sweeps period ended last week. That means, as a Slate article described it, a time when TV networks and local stations “rely on shameless stunts to get viewers to tune in. Couch potatoes know that broadcasters use the viewership numbers collected during sweeps to set advertising rates for the rest of […]1
‘This is a major breakthrough:’ PR release on rapid MRI for dense breasts exemplifies why news stories need independent sources
One of the most important tenets of strong journalism is independent sourcing. The inclusion of outside sources is part of what separates real news from PR news releases. That’s why, when a news release with the boastful headline “New breast screening method to save thousands of women from cancer” hit my in-box, I quickly scanned […]1
Approval of ‘breakthrough’ hepatitis C drugs isn’t even half the story; now come the harms
Reports on an FDA approval should be considered just the beginning when it comes to coverage of new drugs. Journalists need to keep watch on safety issues that show up only in “real world” populations when a drug is marketed to the wider public. It also helps to understand how clinical trials are conducted and […]1
‘Amazing breakthrough … one step closer to a cure:’ Lessons from CAR-T coverage
Perhaps you’ve heard of recent advances in using a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. One such therapy, getting a great deal of attention in Phase II trials treating blood cancers (like leukemia and lymphoma), is called “chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy” — or CAR-T. It works by collecting the patient’s own T-cells (white blood […]
Guardian calls statistically insignificant study results a ‘breakthrough’ in care of children with autism
Although this study offers some promise that parental training and early intervention can help, care must be taken to reveal all of the findings and keep hyperbole out.