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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.
The release includes cautions and an outside perspective — something we’d like to see more of in health care PR announcements.
But the study could pave the way for further studies that establish midwifery’s benefits and risks.
This release would have been better had it highlighted the study limitations early on.
The release offers speculation but no data to describe lactoferrin (a protein found in milk) benefits.
But the release did a nice job of quantifying what researchers found and describing the harms of more aggressive prostate cancer treatment.
Were researchers comparing apples and oranges?
There’s no data, no study, no evidence, no news.
The studies referenced don’t address the test but only correlations between certain bacteria and some health issues.
The release would have benefited from a strong caution that outcomes from research in mice are seldom replicated in human studies.
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