May 24, 2017 | News Release Review

‘Holy grail of food allergy treatment?’ Food allergies weren’t even part of this 2-person study

The release should have been more clear that this study has significant limitations in both sample size and duration of effect and that nothing is known about whether this effect can be repeated usefully, reliably or safely.

1 Star

New cancer drug can prevent reactions to common airborne allergens

May 23, 2017 | News Release Review

Small pilot study doesn’t warrant bold claim about fennel for menopause symptoms

Although the release includes a cautionary quote at the end calling for further study, the headline is far too optimistic for a small study of brief duration.

3 Star

Study confirms benefits of fennel in reducing postmenopause symptoms

May 22, 2017 | News Release Review

Big pasta’s association study short on facts

Without numbers and definitions, the reader is given little context for understanding the benefits of pasta in a kid’s diet.

3 Star

Children and adolescents who eat pasta have better overall diet quality new research shows

May 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Even casual readers expect more than broad claims about screening tests. Where’s the data?

A new blood test “substantially reduces” the need for biopsy, but by how much really? Benefit data are given only in relative terms in this news release.

3 Star

Study: New blood test is more accurate in predicting prostate cancer risk than PSA

May 18, 2017 | News Release Review

Test for opioid abuse risk based on problematic evidence

The study compared people in treatment for opioid use disorder with those with no previous substance abuse history. A better comparator would have been people who used opioids for pain without becoming addicted.

2 Star

New Peer-Reviewed Clinical Study Successfully Validates The Use Of Proove Opioid Risk® To Predict Prescription Opioid Abuse

May 16, 2017 | News Release Review

No, a pre-clinical animal trial is not a “breakthrough” for men with advanced prostate cancers

This release would have been greatly improved with a caution that pre-clinical animal research often doesn’t pan out in people.

1 Star

Breakthrough Study Stops Fat-Eating Prostate Cancer Cells

May 15, 2017 | News Release Review

A 2-person case study can’t say much about how well a treatment works

Short-term case studies of two patients, even very encouraging ones, don’t equal effective treatment for broad populations of patients, and the news release needed to spell that out.

2 Star

Stroke, MS patients walk significantly better with neural stimulation

May 11, 2017 | News Release Review 2

“Non-surgical” weight loss procedure? Suturing your stomach closed sounds a lot like surgery to us

Additional details on potential harms and availability would have made this news release on three medical interventions for weight loss much stronger.

3 Star

Non-surgical weight-loss treatment found safe, effective for those with limited options


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