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August 15, 2018 | News Release Review

Combo pill for blood pressure: Concept isn’t novel but conflicts of interest are newsworthy

The news release buried the news that the combo pill offered modest improvement over standard treatment but didn’t reduce side effects significantly.

2 Star

Innovative triple pill significantly lowers blood pressure, study finds

August 14, 2018 | News Release Review

Modest improvement after major treatment touted as ‘reduced risk of dying’ in women with low-threat DCIS

A quarter of a percent reduced risk over a 15-year period seems speculative, not definitive.

3 Star

Association of radiation therapy plus lumpectomy in reduced risk of dying in women with DCIS

August 10, 2018 | News Release Review

Big Cherry claims about health benefits leave a sour taste in our mouths

This release reads like an advertisement with pseudo-science added for flavor.

2 Star

New emerging research suggests Montmorency tart cherries may help enhance gut health

August 7, 2018 | News Release Review

Model suggests liquid biopsy improves prostate cancer outcomes, but that’s not the real world

The release would have been more complete with a discussion on cost, harms and a better description of the evidence.

2 Star

"Liquid biopsy" test improves health outcomes and can save over $500 million annually for the U.S. healthcare system

August 6, 2018 | News Release Review

Supposed ‘breakthrough’ for detecting gut disorders tested in only 12 healthy people

Such language is a red flag and, as with this news release, sometimes comes from the very people we’re counting on to accurately interpret the data for us — the lead authors.

2 Star

Gas sensing gut pill beats breath test diagnosis

August 1, 2018 | News Release Review

Claims surrounding new brain injury blood test short on evidence

The release on a new device for diagnosing brain injury skims over cost and evidence while relying on sensational language.

2 Star

A brain injury diagnosed with a single drop of blood

July 27, 2018 | News Release Review

Scant details about new stroke imaging technology undermine claims

This release is far from precise when describing key attributes of this software for diagnosing stroke.

1 Star

New stroke imaging technology could reduce potential for patient brain damage

July 24, 2018 | News Release Review

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.

2 Star

Treating dementia with the healing waves of sound

July 20, 2018 | News Release Review

University teases sweet solution to older adults’ memory problems

The news release doesn’t provide any data. Nor does it mention how memory, performance, motivation, or mood were measured.

0 Star

Sugar improves memory in over-60s, helping them work smarter

July 17, 2018 | News Release Review

Claims that torn meniscus can be regenerated based on single case study wither under scrutiny

The release asserts that stem cells are a promising approach to regenerating a torn meniscus, but the data are very limited.

1 Star

Stem Cells Shows Promise For Repairing Torn Meniscus


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