February 22, 2018 | News Release Review

Potential costs, harms missing in plug of alternative MRI for detecting benign breast lesions

One potential harm is that this technique still misses some malignant lesions.

2 Star

MRI technique differentiates benign breast lesions from malignancies

February 22, 2018 | News Release Review 1

Potential harms and source of evidence missing in FDA summary of new blood test for concussion

The actual cost implications of the new test are anything but clear based on this news release.

3 Star

FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults

February 15, 2018 | News Release Review

NIH recap on ‘brain disease test’: strong on study results, but lacks clarity on patient benefits

News releases about new diagnostic tests will be read by patients and their families and should strive to discuss the impact of early diagnosis, beyond the potential benefits for research.

3 Star

NIH scientists adapt new brain disease test for Parkinson’s, dementia with Lewy bodies

February 15, 2018 | News Release Review

Research recap says medical cannabis safer than opioids in elderly but the study included no such comparison

The two major outcomes measured in this study (pain control and quality of life) were measured using questionnaires which are highly subjective and difficult to reproduce. There was no control or comparison group.

1 Star

Medical cannabis significantly safer for elderly with chronic pain than Opioids

February 14, 2018 | News Release Review

Small study in mice wrongly claimed to advance human alcoholism treatment

Only human clinical trials can show if animal results will be ever be replicated in people.

1 Star

Drug shown to reverse brain deficits caused by alcohol

February 8, 2018 | News Release Review

NYU Langone calls MS drug study ‘practice changing’ before results even published

The news releases also left out mention of several major conflicts of interest.

2 Star

Extending dosing intervals reduces deadly side effect risk from multiple sclerosis drug

February 6, 2018 | News Release Review

News release trumpets kidney transplant procedure that was tested on just one patient

The release provides a lot of information on how the procedure works, and why it’s needed. However, the release left out some key details. Are there risks associated with this technique? What sort of expenses are involved for patients? What sort of questions and concerns are still outstanding?

2 Star

Device Keeps Donor Kidneys Healthy Outside the Body Until Transplant

February 2, 2018 | News Release Review 1

Announcement on omega-3s suggests without evidence that fish oil prevents, treats breast cancer

The news release offers unwarranted medical advice while omitting any caution about the limitations of using mouse studies to predict human outcomes.

1 Star

Choose Omega-3s from fish over flax for cancer prevention, study finds

February 2, 2018 | News Release Review

New technique for breast reconstruction in older women sounds promising but questions remain

The study involved just 117 women at a single hospital.

3 Star

Direct-to-implant breast reconstruction provides good results in older women

January 29, 2018 | News Release Review

Summary of stroke clot removal treatment skimps on harms, evidence

The release is strong on context and explaining the procedure but would have been more informative with a more thorough discussion of harms and use of actual patient data rather than relative risk numbers when describing benefits.

3 Star

Prompt clot-grabbing treatment produces better stroke outcomes

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