Search Results for "mice studies"
Big Raspberry’s mish-mash of animal, lab dish and human studies reveals little about health benefits of raspberries
The industry-sponsored studies were too small and preliminary to draw any conclusions.
Studies explore the potential benefits of red raspberries
Invasive weed kills superbugs? All we know is it might work in mice
Preliminary rodent research rarely (if ever) rises to the occasion of big health news. We generally recommend putting these studies away and waiting until more conclusive human research comes along.
Common weed could help fight deadly superbug, study finds
Dana-Farber touts potential leukemia ‘cure’ based on study involving only mice
This teaser on a potential treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) needed to say upfront that the benefits from this potential drug were only seen in animal studies.
Discovery offers prospect of shorter treatment and cure for chronic myelogenous leukemia
Release on bile acids as a heart treatment wrongly equates success in mice with human outcomes
The release over-reaches in its description of benefits — at least to humans. Transgenic mice, however, found some benefit.
Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids
Overly enthusiastic PR release claims breast cancer prevention is “within reach” based on animal, cell culture studies
Everyone is interested in cancer prevention discoveries, but alarm bells go off when we see findings from studies in mice and Petri dishes applied to humans.
Prevention of Genetic Breast Cancer Within Reach
News media hype of sunscreen studies leaves readers burned by speculative evidence
Carolina Branson, PhD, is an associate editor with HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @BransonCarolina. Just in time for beach season, the news media are serving up a confusing hodgepodge of stories, one claiming that sunscreen can reduce melanoma by 80% and the other claiming that sunscreen use has been linked to fertility problems in men. So, what’s a reader to […]
WaPo story generalizes findings of small study on mice to pregnant women
A story on a small mouse study should come with lots of caution on generalizing to humans. This was not the case here.
Love of physical activity may start in the womb
Marijuana oil and epilepsy: HealthDay underscores perils of uncontrolled, unblinded studies
Our reviewers questioned whether this preliminary study was worth reporting on. But given that it was, they thought the coverage was informative and balanced.
Marijuana Chemical Shows Promise for Hard-to-Treat Epilepsy in Kids
New imaging technique is good at finding early cancer in mice, but NIH release skimps on translation to human patients
This news release had some strong writing, but it’s negated by a misleading overall presentation of the study results.
Tell-Tale Biomarker Detects Early Breast Cancer in NIH-Funded Study
Release touts “new treatments to thwart colon cancer” — but buries that study subjects were mice
This release on basic research into colorectal cancer hides the fact the study subjects were mice, not humans.
Discovery promises new treatments to thwart colon cancer
Of Mice and Women: News Release Dupes Media on Rodent Fertility Treatment
The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @Klomangino. ____________________ If you haven’t heard, HealthNewsReview.org is paying more attention to news releases these days. Behind the scenes here, we’ve been quietly reviewing health care-related news releases in the same way we review news stories. We’ve banked about a dozen […]5/27/2013
Mice confused by Alzheimer’s research – our 3rd “whom to believe?” example this month
For the third time this month, we have a classic confrontation of competing, conflicting story framing from journalists on a medical research topic. (See our earlier post about the previous two examples.) This time, it was a question of breakthrough or flop…reject dramatic findings or verify them…sometimes presented both ways in different articles posted by […]5
Why you should be cautious of health claims based on animal and lab studies
If it were up to us, many health news stories involving medical studies on animals would come with this label: Why? Animal and lab studies are a far cry from research involving people. Very often, a treatment declared effective in a group of, say, mice, may be completely useless (and/or harmful) in people. Yet, too […]8/18/2011
Physician blogger blasts NYT obese mice drug story
Item on Billy Rubin’s Blog – “Media Overstatement on a Slow News Day” : Right now one of the lead stories at the NY Times website deals with a potential new “miracle drug” called SRT-1720. With heavy emphasis on the scare-quotes. The article’s title, “Drug Is Found to Extend Lives of Obese Mice,” might be […]7/8/2009
Coffee talk for mice: how not to cover animal research
Almost every day the CBS Early Show puts on light and fluffy “news you can use.” This week they delivered news no one can use yet – because it was in mice. But they never delivered that punchline.