June 22, 2017 | News Release Review 1

Key omission: Coffee-based surgical stabilizing cap never tested in actual surgeries

The release also omitted costs and limitations of the research.

3 Star

How six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

June 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Acupuncture treatment is feasible for young children — but is it beneficial?

Why should parents feel “hopeful” about study showing parents adhered to schedule of acupuncture treatments? The release doesn’t say.

2 Star

New study from KKI shows feasibility of acupuncture in young children with ASD

June 20, 2017 | News Release Review

Study doesn’t back claims about radiation in elderly lung cancer patients

In order to justify a claim that SBRT should be used in people over 80 years old researchers would need comparative data showing that SBRT outcomes in this elderly population are superior to other forms of radiation and other treatments. That comparison was not a part of this study.

2 Star

New Data From the Elekta Lung Research Group Support the use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Elderly Patients With Early-stage Lung Cancer

June 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Basic numbers needed to back claims of effectiveness for insomnia therapy

A discussion of cost and study limitations (including the small size of the study) would have made the release much stronger.

3 Star

Online cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is effective for military

June 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Claims that uterine fibroid procedure ‘restores fertility’ aren’t backed by evidence

The cited statistic that “one out of every four women with fibroids has problems related to fertility” inflates the causal relationship between fibroids and infertility.

3 Star

Uterine fibroid embolization helps restore fertility

June 14, 2017 | News Release Review 2

Announcement touting vegetarian diet for fat loss doesn’t say volunteers also exercised

The release also neglects to inform readers how long the study lasted, and whether the changes were durable over the long term. 

2 Star

Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds

June 13, 2017 | News Release Review

A 16-week supplement study can’t accurately predict what a child’s weight gain will be in a year

To show a benefit, the release should have provided actual weight gain in each group, not the annual projected weight gain based on a brief study.

2 Star

Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children

June 12, 2017 | News Release Review

No data, evidence included to back up claim that “bitter substances” stop preterm contractions

The release doesn’t mention that the study was in mice and mice tissue until the last paragraph.

1 Star

Bitter taste receptors may hold the key to managing preterm labor

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