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Categories: Weight loss


Recap of study on weight-loss surgery strengthened by transparency on limitations


‘In mice’ missing from headline touting black tea weight loss benefits


Even when a release is touting a new dosing formula of an old drug, readers still need evidence


Key ingredients missing in release on a dietary supplement that curbs cravings


Best antidepressant for overweight people? Release makes partial case

2 3/25/2016

Exaggeration found in PR release claim that anyone can “reverse” their Type 2 diabetes

1 12/17/2015

Edelman release goes pear-shaped on fiber and weight loss study


Society news release touts benefits of gastric balloon in a pill — but downplays harms and limited evidence


Bariatric surgery may ease psoriasis symptoms, or it may not


NIH release on brain stimulation for obesity: Too brief, too little impact, too early