November 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Sleep medicine group misses opportunity to inform readers about sleep apnea therapy

A few facts from the study along with the very basics — such as cost and harms of the intervention — would have improved this release.

1 Star

Study shows therapy improves quality of life in people who have sleep apnea.

November 20, 2017 | News Release Review

Bold claims, no facts mar announcement on enriched omega-3 chicken feed

The study results are unpublished making follow-up and verification impossible.

2 Star

Devenish Announces World's First Naturally Enriched Omega-3 Chicken and Eggs With Proven Health Claims - Likely to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, Dementia and Depression

November 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Study testing late clot removal in stroke is important but not a “breakthrough” or “paradigm shift”

While the release provides good supporting data, readers should remember that the study was not blinded or placebo controlled which introduces some limitations.

3 Star

Landmark study may impact standard stroke treatment guidelines

November 16, 2017 | News Release Review

Time to retire the Pap test? Strong study recap explores the trade-offs

More discussion on the potential cost savings would have rounded this release out nicely.

4 Star

HPV testing is better than the Pap test at detecting cervical cancer

November 13, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Breakthrough’ for enlarged prostates? Northwestern’s aggressive PR pitch lacks data and context

Short on details, long on promise for an alleged ‘breakthrough’ minimally invasive surgery for enlarged prostates.

1 Star

Northwestern Medicine offers new Minimally Invasive Breakthrough Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

November 9, 2017 | News Release Review

Opioids and non-opioid analgesics may work equally in the ER, but questions remain

The release does not address cost or potential harms, and does not make clear how this study builds on or differs from previous research.

3 Star

No significant difference in pain relief for opioids vs. non-opioid analgesics for treating arm or leg pain

November 8, 2017 | News Release Review

University asks readers to take leap of faith that antibiotic tested only in the lab is a ‘breakthrough’

This study may be of great interest to drug researchers, but its relevance to practicing clinicians and the general public remains unknown.

2 Star

Scientists make significant breakthrough on superbug-killing antibiotic teixobactin

November 6, 2017 | News Release Review

Promo on weight training for seniors study needed some safety caveats

No where did the release suggest that seniors should check with their doctors before launching a new exercise program.

3 Star

Lose fat, preserve muscle: Weight training beats cardio for older adults

November 2, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Breakthrough’ in multiple sclerosis diagnostic? Not so fast.

The release claims that the test results can differentiate between MS and non-MS, and between MS subtypes, but there are no numbers provided for us to assess that.

2 Star

Research pinpoints powerful biomarker of multiple sclerosis

November 2, 2017 | News Release Review

Recap of new surgical device for breast lesions skips all evidence

To the average reader, this device seems like a win-win for patients and medical institutions. Why not close the deal with some useful facts?

3 Star

Using Radar to Make Breast Surgery Easier for Women

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