August 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Six patient samples hailed as evidence that experimental blood test may ‘transform’ cancer treatment

Sometimes less than 500 words just isn’t enough to give the right health context.

3 Star

New blood test may transform the way cancer is monitored and treated

August 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Findings from a rat heart study can’t be extrapolated to people

It’s inappropriate to speculate that young rats’ cardiac stem cells implanted in old rats “help reverse the aging process in the human heart” but this release does it a lot.

2 Star

Cardiac stem cells from young hearts could rejuvenate old hearts, new study shows

August 14, 2017 | News Release Review

Claims that niacin prevents miscarriages in humans grossly exaggerated

The release misleads on a grand scale when it says miscarriages can be prevented worldwide but doesn’t specify that niacin supplements were tested in mice, not humans.

2 Star

Historic Discovery Promises to Prevent Miscarriages and Birth Defects Globally

August 11, 2017 | News Release Review

Two-week study doesn’t move the dial beyond what is already known about hot pepper extract and metabolism

The news release relies too heavily on extrapolation to make the claim that capsaicinoids cause weight and fat loss.

1 Star

New study shows supplementation of capsicum extract helps increase metabolic rate

August 10, 2017 | News Release Review

Ohio State’s claim of a research ‘breakthrough’ buries key info: it’s not in people

A proof of concept in rodents may be exciting for the researchers, but the news release goes too far in proclaiming a “breakthrough.”

2 Star

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

August 7, 2017 | News Release Review

Claims but no context in summary of resistance training as a treatment for multiple sclerosis

No numbers are given to back up its benefit claims.


3 Star

Resistance training may slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis

August 4, 2017 | News Release Review

Baylor should put the brakes on claims based on a tiny study of breast cancer and extrapolated benefits

It’s irresponsible to claim thousands could benefit based on results from a study of 16, where five had a response.

1 Star

A new HER2 mutation, a clinical trial and a promising diagnostic tool for metastatic breast cancer

August 3, 2017 | News Release Review

University announces plans to license over-the-counter treatment for ‘wasting disease’ in people, based on unpublished mice study

The pre-clinical compound touted as a treatment for human wasting disease may be a decade from use in humans — if ever.

1 Star

Oregano, Thyme May Hold the Cure for Wasting Syndrome Disease

August 1, 2017 | News Release Review

No, finding a biomarker does not translate to ‘better treatments for CF patients’

The release’s headline and some of its language focuses on CF treatment while the study was about new biomarkers for diagnosis.

2 Star

Scientists discover biomarkers which could lead to better treatments for CF patients

July 31, 2017 | News Release Review

Too soon to claim nanoparticles loaded with curcumin are a weapon against childhood cancer

Curcumin-loaded nanoparticles may kill cancer in cell culture, but that may not always translate to clinical outcomes.

2 Star

Nanoparticles loaded with component of common spice kill cancer cells


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