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Recap of robotic surgery study shows useful comparison with standard surgery, but sidesteps cost
While robotic surgery may be “not inferior” to standard therapy for bladder cancer, it does have added costs and a longer procedure time.
Robotic surgery as effective as open surgery for bladder cancer
Can’t say we didn’t warn you: Study finds popular health news stories overstate the evidence
A new study confirms something we here at HealthNewsReview.org have been emphasizing for many years: Health news stories often overstate the evidence from a new study, inaccurately claiming that one thing causes another — as in drinking alcohol might help you live longer, facial exercises may keep your cheeks perky, and that diet soda might be a […]4
Prostate cancer screening: massive study gets minimal coverage. Why?
The largest-ever randomized trial of using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in asymptomatic men over the age of 50 has found — after about 10 years of follow-up — no significant difference in prostate cancer deaths among men who were screened with a single (“one-off”) PSA test, and those who weren’t screened. The findings come […]
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
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
Temple University again greases the clickbait machine with canola oil study
Scientists should be lauded for investigating health claims used to a market a product. But when preliminary findings are reported to the public without appropriate context, that’s a problem. And it’s one that we’ve seen twice in the past six months at Temple University. In June we criticized an overreaching university news release: “Temple study: […]
Video game therapy for ADHD: News touts a ‘landmark’ study but nobody has seen it
Remember when Pokémon Go was going to be the next big thing for depression and anxiety? Those were heady days. Of course you’d be hard-pressed to find many Pokémon hunters at the local PokéStop nowadays. And yet in the summer of 2016, we tracked all sorts of health claims related to the app, including one that […]
Be wary of news headlines promising to unlock secrets of ‘living longer’
As a TIME story points out, a new study on light activity and reduced mortality can’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, yet the story never really explains why this is the case.
Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House
Not so fast: News headlines claiming two therapies were proven ‘equally effective’ for treating opioid use disorder
Last week’s big health news was a study on two medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder. Published in The Lancet, the study compared the monthly injectable treatment Vivitrol (naltrexone) to a dissolvable oral strip called Suboxone (buprenorphine). Depending on which news headline you came across, your main takeaway about the study would likely either be […]
With a growing number of trials exploring intermittent fasting in people it’s not clear what this mice study brings to the table
How many mice and how much did they lose compared to controls? These key questions aren’t addressed. Not is there a caution that mice studies are rarely replicated in human trials.
On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity
Some news stories sugarcoat limitations of study linking skipping breakfast to heart disease
A raft of news stories this week covered yet another study that links skipping breakfast to health woes. The study was observational and offered up this association: People who ate less than 5 percent of their total daily calories at breakfast, based on their answers on a questionnaire about their eating habits, were more likely to show […]9
Most news coverage on new PSA testing study acknowledged costly trade-offs
The major health news story last week was on a re-assessment of prostate cancer screening published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study’s release generated stories in the New York Times, TIME, Consumer Reports, STAT, ABS-CBN News (Philippines) and the LA Times, among others. The reporting confirms what we already know about the PSA test […]4
The fat vs. carbs merry-go-round spins again
Any study focused on fats vs. carbs, heart disease and death, encompassing several countries, and that challenges existing dietary guidelines around the world is bound to generate news coverage — as well as a slew of eye-catching headlines: Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows (The Telegraph) The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has […]
5-Star Friday: Emotions vs. evidence
Every day we scrutinize media messages about health on this website. We encounter evidence — presumed by many to be logical and impartial — that is packaged, spun, and even altered by forces such as investors, egos, politics, and career concerns. Claims and promises are made. Often with much fanfare. Enter emotions. Those most affected by the evidence — […]
Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017
Nearly 40,000 cancer specialists have converged in Chicago for the world’s largest cancer meeting. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting — which began last Friday and runs through tomorrow — traditionally draws international media attention. As our deputy managing editor, Joy Victory, reported last week, it has become a perennial exercise in spotting […]