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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.

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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.

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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.

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

December 3, 2018 | News Release Review

‘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.

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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.

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Pulsed radiofrequency relieves acute back pain and sciatica

November 28, 2018 | News Release Review

Sure, tech can induce sense of smell in healthy people, but where’s the benefit?

The news release misses the mark in describing benefits, harms and sources of funding.

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Electrical stimulation in the nose induces sense of smell in human subjects

November 26, 2018 | News Release Review

Too early to claim MRI-based screening test for dementia is beneficial

Findings from the small study were just presented at a medical conference and haven’t been peer-reviewed.

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MRI scans shows promise in predicting dementia

November 20, 2018 | News Release Review

News release far too rosy/conflicted for small study on ovarian cancer test

This news release is far too rosy about the potential and far too limited about the remaining uncertainties.

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New blood test detects early stage ovarian cancer

November 19, 2018 | News Release Review

Claim that hot baths can substitute for exercise lacks evidence

The  news release doesn’t help readers understand if — or how — blood test changes have anything to do with exercise or health. We would understand readers’ confusion over this one.

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Can't exercise? A hot bath may help improve inflammation, metabolism, study suggests

November 15, 2018 | News Release Review

Gold nanoparticles to destroy prostate cancer? Claims are very premature

The news release doesn’t discuss the quality of the evidence gathered in this trial, but makes numerous claims about benefits.

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First-ever prostate cancer treatment uses gold nanoparticles to destroy tumorous cells


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