December 20, 2018 | News Release Review

Implantable device ‘aids weight loss’? Let’s wait for the evidence

This news release speculates that a study in rats shows a new weight loss implant is superior to existing weight loss devices used in humans. That’s jumping ahead of the evidence.

2 Star

Tiny implantable device short-circuits hunger pangs, aids weight loss

December 18, 2018 | News Release Review

Summary of CRISPR lung cancer research downplays the work that lies ahead

This release needed a strong caution that observations made in tissue samples and mice don’t always translate to human outcomes.

3 Star

Scientists report CRISPR restores effectiveness of lung cancer treatment

December 17, 2018 | News Release Review

‘Millions’ with bipolar disorder could be helped by probiotics? Release pushes pure speculation

While probiotics have been a popular focus of research in recent years, the claim that they could help millions with bipolar disease is unwarranted.

1 Star

Probiotics could help millions of patients suffering from bipolar disorder

December 14, 2018 | News Release Review

Summary of dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet study leaves us hungry for details

The release claims the diet “significantly improved blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, mood and cognitive function” but doesn’t provide any numbers to allow readers to gauge the size of improvement.

1 Star

Yes Please to Yogurt and Cheese: The New Improved Mediterranean Diet

December 13, 2018 | News Release Review

Johns Hopkins prematurely heralds a ‘promising diagnostic tool’ for Alzheimer’s

This news release did a good job of explaining how the study was done but didn’t provide data on benefits, costs, or harms.

3 Star

Johns Hopkins team identifies promising diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease

December 10, 2018 | News Release Review

Very little news in this news release on device approved for aneurysm treatment

All missing from this news release: benefits, harms, how it compares to other methods to treat aneurysms, cost, and if it’s available beyond one hospital.

1 Star

Cedars-Sinai Surgeon Uses New Device to Perform First-Ever Surgery

December 7, 2018 | News Release Review

Is vitamin C a remedy for smoking during pregnancy? Too soon to tell based on preliminary study

The news release suggests results from lung tests in infants can predict future lung health. But the research can’t yet tell us that vitamin c use in pregnancy will result in any changes in lung health later on.

2 Star

Vitamin C May Reduce Harm to Infants’ Lungs Caused by Smoking During Pregnancy

December 6, 2018 | News Release Review 1

Mayo Clinic news release on cancer-related blood clots lives in data-free zone

Follow-up studies are needed to confirm these results in more patients across a range of different cancers.

3 Star

Mayo researchers say oral apixaban safe and effective for treating blood clots in cancer patients

December 3, 2018 | News Release Review 1

‘Soursop leaves can prevent the symptoms of fibromyalgia,’ tested in rats

This news release offers no caution about harms nor the fact that benefits found in animal studies seldom translate to humans.

0 Star

Extract from soursop leaves can prevent the symptoms of fibromyalgia

November 29, 2018 | News Release Review

Claims about pulsed radiofrequency for back pain and sciatica are premature

News release lacks clarity on benefits, harms, costs, and availability of the procedure.

1 Star

Pulsed radiofrequency relieves acute back pain and sciatica


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