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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.
Study offers potential breakthrough in care of children with autism
Govt committee exploits Ice Bucket Challenge ‘breakthrough’ to plug industry-friendly ‘Cures Act’
Kevin Lomangino is the managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @klomangino. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been relentless and creative in its public relations campaign to support the 21st Century Cures Act — the draft legislation that would allow device approvals on the basis of anecdotal experience rather than clinical trials. As […]22
Ice Bucket Challenge “breakthrough”? Experts pour cold water on superficial reporting
The Ice Bucket Challenge — those videos of friends, family members, and celebrities dumping ice water on themselves to promote awareness and funding of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research — was a veritable media sensation in 2014. Now comes the heartwarming follow-up: According to an ALS Association news release, those donation-inducing videos helped fund a […]
Guardian hypes possible blood test for depression as ‘breakthrough’
This story puts forth sensational terms, even though it’s unclear when–or if–this research will ever be put into practice in a healthcare setting.
Blood test could identify people who will respond to antidepressants
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 […]
Blood screening test for liver fibrosis billed as a “breakthrough.” Not so fast.
There’s missing context in this release that might leave readers confused about the actual low risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease progressing to more serious conditions such as cirrhosis and liver failure. The release is perhaps more optimistic about the test than is warranted from these early results.
Promising new blood test is first of its kind to detect liver scarring
FOX, Banner MD Anderson hype Cuba cancer “breakthrough”
Some think finding the cure for cancer is like taking a rocket ship to the moon. Others say the next huge breakthrough is waiting for us a mere 90 miles off the shores of Key West. This story from a Fox News affiliate in Phoenix makes some breathtaking claims about a Cuban lung cancer vaccine […]