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October 11, 2018 | News Release Review

More unwarranted hype over the unique benefits of proton therapy, this time in combo with thermal therapy

The University of Maryland Medical Center is the latest to make an evidence-free claim that its proton beam treatment beats other types of cancer therapies.

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High-Precision Proton Therapy More Effective in Treating Certain Cancers When Combined with Thermal Therapy

October 10, 2018 | News Release Review

Caveats and outside expert balance speculative claim that ‘anti-inflammatory’ diet might benefit bipolar disorder patients

The release includes cautions and an outside perspective — something we’d like to see more of in health care PR announcements.

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Study shows diet and weight may affect response to bipolar disorder treatment

October 9, 2018 | News Release Review

Plug for study of midwifery for low income women is fuzzy on benefits, costs

But the study could pave the way for further studies that establish midwifery’s benefits and risks.

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Midwifery linked to lower odds of birth complications for low-income women

October 3, 2018 | News Release Review

Tiny safety trial prematurely touts ‘clinical benefit’ of cancer vaccine for HER2-positive cancers

This release would have been better had it highlighted the study limitations early on.

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New cancer vaccine shows early promise for patients with HER2-positive cancers

October 1, 2018 | News Release Review

Claim that milk protein alleviates chemotherapy side effects based on study of just 12 people

The release offers speculation but no data to describe lactoferrin (a protein found in milk) benefits.

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Milk protein shown to alleviate chemotherapy side effects

September 28, 2018 | News Release Review 1

Observational study can’t prove surgery better than more conservative prostate cancer treatment

But the release did a nice job of quantifying what researchers found and describing the harms of more aggressive prostate cancer treatment.

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Thomas Jefferson University

Combo therapy of prostatectomy plus radiotherapy may improve survival in prostate cancer

September 26, 2018 | News Release Review

Recap of mental imagery for weight loss study makes readers fill in the blanks

Were researchers comparing apples and oranges?

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Weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

September 26, 2018 | News Release Review 4

BMJ’s attempt to hook readers on benefits of golf slices way out of bounds

There’s no data, no study, no evidence, no news.

2 Star

Too many people missing out on health benefits of golf, says expert panel

September 25, 2018 | News Release Review

Time to test all infants’ gut microbiomes — or is this a product in search of a condition?

The studies referenced don’t address the test but only correlations between certain bacteria and some health issues.

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First-Ever Rapid Response Test for Levels of Bifidobacterium in Baby's Gut Microbiome

September 21, 2018 | News Release Review

Zika vaccine for brain cancer? PR release headline omits crucial words: ‘in mice’

The release would have benefited fromĀ a strong caution that outcomes from research in mice are seldom replicated in human studies.

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Zika vaccine shows promise for treating deadly brain cancer


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