July 21, 2017 | News Release Review

Balanced summary of iron deficiency research marred by inaccurate headline

The release declares that doctors should screen all teen women for iron deficiency but this conclusion seems beyond the scope of the two studies.

3 Star

Earlier blood testing for iron deficiency, anemia recommended for young women

July 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Moffitt goes out on a limb suggesting benefits of non-standard treatment for early stage breast cancer

This treatment strategy hasn’t been shown to improve overall survival; a randomized clinical trial that follows patients over a period of time is required to study survival outcomes.

3 Star

Radiation prior to surgery reduces risk of secondary tumors in early-stage breast cancer

July 18, 2017 | News Release Review

Bone benefits from intense participation in youth soccer not clear-cut, despite Exeter’s claims

Summary of observational study on the bone-building benefits of participating in youth soccer omits potential harms, costs and study limitations.

2 Star

Football boosts bone development in boys

July 17, 2017 | News Release Review

Do ADHD meds prevent future substance abuse? An observational study can’t prove that.

Multiple conflicts of interest and no mention of the limitations of observational studies make this a problematic news release.

2 Star

ADHD medication tied to lower risk for alcohol, drug abuse in teens and adults

July 14, 2017 | News Release Review

Blood tests help diabetes patients lose weight? Show the data.

If you’re going to claim “a breakthrough in personalized nutrition,” you need the numbers to back it up.

1 Star

Fasting blood sugar and fasting insulin identified as new biomarkers for weight loss

July 11, 2017 | News Release Review

University makes claim on anti-gravity treadmill, then runs away from evidence

This news release is based entirely on a single case study. Cost, harms, availability and numbers that put the claims in context are all missing, too.

1 Star

Anti-gravity treadmills get patients running again after knee surgery

July 10, 2017 | News Release Review

Little light shed on study of colored glasses for light sensitivity after concussion

More data and details would have made for a stronger news release.

3 Star

Colored glasses may provide light sensitivity relief post-concussion

July 7, 2017 | News Release Review

We hear about the savings, but need more details on the benefits of OTC hearing aids

The release compares hearing aid quality and costs to PSAPS, inexpensive “personal sound amplification products.” A few more details on the benefits and harms would have improved it.

3 Star

Certain OTC, Less Expensive Hearing Aids Provide Benefit Similar to Conventional Hearing Aid

July 6, 2017 | News Release Review

Physicians recommend radiation as first-line treatment for facial pain, but where’s the data?

This release doesn’t give readers any of the data captured in the study.

2 Star

Radiosurgery reduces depression and improves quality of life for patients with facial pain

July 3, 2017 | News Release Review 5

Does magnesium treat depression as well as SSRIs? Despite claims, there’s no evidence

No details are offered to back up the claim that magnesium supplements perform equal to SSRIs in treating mild-to-moderate depression.

2 Star

With health care cuts looming, low-cost magnesium a welcome option for treating depression


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