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Zika vaccine for brain cancer? PR release headline omits crucial words: ‘in mice’
The release would have benefited from a strong caution that outcomes from research in mice are seldom replicated in human studies.
Zika vaccine shows promise for treating deadly brain cancer
Problematic PR releases: more mice, more muddled messages
In our continuing series on problematic public relations news releases, we add another entry to our category on claims made about animal studies. The reason we’re continuing to hammer away on this issue is that, as you’ll see in these examples, many news releases deliver misleading messages that can easily be misinterpreted by readers. We […]
University offers muddled summary of dementia study in mice using ‘healing’ sound waves
This news release focuses on a mouse study of an experimental ultrasound therapy for dementia-like condition in mice. It’s also an example of hype over a therapy with no known benefit in humans.
Treating dementia with the healing waves of sound
Of news releases and mice
Sometimes I wish I were a mouse. If only because they seem to do so well with so many treatments and interventions in medical studies. But I’m not a mouse, so these studies — although they can make important contributions to basic science — usually don’t apply to me (or interested patients) in the here […]
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
A breast cancer study in mice gets big headlines, setting up potential for patient ‘disaster,’ experts say
“I spoke to several cancer specialists in New York City last night who said ‘caution, this is not ready for primetime.’” — ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. That’s the key quote from a recent Good Morning America “Cover Story” segment about a mouse study exploring why breast cancer sometimes spreads in the immediate months […]
5-Star Friday: Drugs, mice, and money
I doubt a week goes by at HealthNewsReview.org that we don’t write about one of the following … … drugs, mice, or money. You could rightly accuse me of being predictable when I say that following the money has gotten trickier in health care journalism; that pharma as a lobbyist makes the auto industry of […]
Small study in mice wrongly claimed to advance human alcoholism treatment
Only human clinical trials can show if animal results will be ever be replicated in people.
Drug shown to reverse brain deficits caused by alcohol
Of mice and “man flu”
Spreading like a virus on steroids, a BMJ feature article about the “man flu” shows there is now “science” behind the claim that men seem to have worse symptoms–and may be justified in complaining about them more vocally and persistently than women–when suffering from colds or the flu. Generating stories in Newsweek, CNN, LA Times, […]
With a growing number of trials exploring intermittent fasting in people it’s not clear what this mice study brings to the table
How many mice and how much did they lose compared to controls? These key questions aren’t addressed. Not is there a caution that mice studies are rarely replicated in human trials.
On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity
‘In mice’ missing from headline touting black tea weight loss benefits
This release extrapolates far too casually from mouse research to human application.
Black tea may help with weight loss, too
Red sage as an osteoporosis ‘treatment?’ Benefits shown in six mice, not people
This is very preliminary research and the limitations of animal research and small samples should have been mentioned in the release.
New osteoporosis treatment uses traditional Chinese herb to prevent bone loss
University announces plans to license over-the-counter treatment for ‘wasting disease’ in people, based on unpublished mice study
The pre-clinical compound touted as a treatment for human wasting disease may be a decade from use in humans — if ever.
Oregano, Thyme May Hold the Cure for Wasting Syndrome Disease
Invasive weed kills superbugs? All we know is it might work in mice
Preliminary rodent research rarely (if ever) rises to the occasion of big health news. We generally recommend putting these studies away and waiting until more conclusive human research comes along.
Common weed could help fight deadly superbug, study finds
Fast-track this ‘revolutionary’ dental treatment? No way. Intervention only tested in mice tooth cells
This release on a study of mice teeth cells oversells promise of a dental treatment for humans. None of the key words “mice,” “mouse” or “animal” appear even once in the text.