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Like so many news stories before it, Newsweek article makes male birth control pill sound imminent
The story never points out that this recent study doesn’t prove the pill will work as intended–that is, prevent pregnancy.
DMAU: MALE BIRTH CONTROL PILL OFFERS 'UNPRECEDENTED' STUDY RESULTS
Preliminary study on mammography for women 40-49 adds confusion, not clarity
It’s not possible to assess the merits of a study with unpublished data.
Screening mammography for women 40-49 detects more cancers compared with older age groups
Can bone density scans help assess cardiovascular risk? More details needed in news release
This news release contains almost none of the important bits of information needed to make an informed decision about this test.
Researchers find bone density scans can also help identify cardiovascular disease
A pat on the back to CNN for its well-written story on barbershops and blood pressure
The story is strong and scores well because it discusses critical data from the study, offers comments from independent sources and provides information on limitations.
How barbershops could help lower blood pressure
Strong summary of hip replacement risk assessment tool needed cost discussion
But could other factors have played a role in the improved outcomes? Information about the potential harms of dual mobility implants would also have been helpful for readers.
New tool helps identify risk for post-surgical dislocations following hip replacement
USA Today rehashes PR talking points in story on at-home breast cancer gene test
The story doesn’t convey that complexity or offer much information that readers can use to make decisions about the use of the recently-approved 23andMe test.
Test risk of breast cancer from home with new FDA-approved DNA kit by 23andMe
Tree nuts ‘aid colon cancer survival’? Summary fills in the blanks with assumption, not evidence
This news release asserts that tree nuts can increase overall survival in colon cancer patients — but observational studies like this one are a weak form of evidence.
Nut consumption may aid colon cancer survival
AP’s widely-reported story on IV fluids oversimplified the research
By combining the findings from two studies into one result, this AP story skims over important details of the two studies.
What’s in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline
AAN study summary relies on speculation about diet and depression in older adults
One of the biggest problems with the release is that it doesn’t address factors that might confound the results. For example, does depression itself lead to a change in dietary patterns?
Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression
Heavy reliance on surrogate markers doesn’t tell full story of diet advantages
Changes in surrogate markers measured over just 3 months in people at a low risk for cardiovascular disease may not apply to general public health outcomes.
Vegetarian and Mediterranean diet may be equally effective in preventing heart disease
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.
MRI technique differentiates benign breast lesions from malignancies
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.
Medical cannabis significantly safer for elderly with chronic pain than Opioids
Could this be a perfect example of health news clickbait?
Far more original reporting was needed here.
Could this experimental drug stop the flu in 24 hours?
A flu-killing UV lamp? TIME overreaches about the state of the science
Any research that suggests that one strain of the flu virus can be killed without side effects to humans is bound to get a lot of attention.
This UV Lamp Could Prevent the Flu Virus From Spreading in Public Places
HealthDay speculates about flu-fighting abilities of UVC light
The story used speculative language from the start (“powerful” new disinfectant,” “easily kills”) and had a startling lack of information about the study.