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It’s time for AAAS and EurekAlert! to crack down on misinformation in PR news releases
Whenever you see a news story that contains imbalanced and inaccurate information about health care, you’d be justified in wondering whether the content originated with a poor-quality PR news release. We’ve been demonstrating how these promotional documents can mislead readers about animal studies, phase 1 research, and minimally invasive surgery — to name just a few of the […]
Problematic PR releases: Why you should dig deeper when you see the term “minimally invasive”
Consumers are gung-ho about so-called “minimally invasive” procedures, which typically require smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. Partly, it’s for good reason. Technologies like laparoscopy and arthroscopy — which use tiny cameras and instruments — have reduced complications and sped recovery times for many common operations. But not every treatment or test billed as “minimally […]
Observational study can’t prove surgery better than more conservative prostate cancer treatment
But the release did a nice job of quantifying what researchers found and describing the harms of more aggressive prostate cancer treatment.
Combo therapy of prostatectomy plus radiotherapy may improve survival in prostate cancer
Antidepressants and therapy may ease IBS, but Reuters Health story is unclear on extent of benefit
The article does a good job of addressing the limitations of the research and incorporating input from independent experts.
Antidepressants, psychotherapy may help ease irritable bowel syndrome
STAT’s cheerleading coverage of prescription fish oil capsule lacks crucial context
This piece reads like an advertisement for a new prescription formulation of fish oil. Our reviewers describe what’s missing.
Amarin fish oil capsule shows dramatic benefit for cardiovascular patients, potentially upending market
BMJ’s attempt to hook readers on benefits of golf slices way out of bounds
There’s no data, no study, no evidence, no news.
Too many people missing out on health benefits of golf, says expert panel
Ties to drugmaker left out of postpartum depression drug study recap
This news release would have been stronger had it mentioned costs, and gone into more detail on harms and benefits.
Newly Published Results Show Investigational Treatment Brexanolone Consistently Reduced Depressive Symptoms Across Three Postpartum Depression Trials, Supporting Submission for FDA Approval
False claims of benefit weaken news release on experimental melanoma drug trial
It’s also notable that the Radiological Society of North America news release made no mention of side effects among patients given this combination of therapies–even though it was a phase 1 trial designed to assess safety.
Combination approach shows promise for beating advanced melanoma
Wasted wasps and deadly dog licks: How the summer’s creepy crawlies are infecting our health news
It’s been a long, hot summer with no small amount of scary headlines. While we’ve covered the topic of summer scare-mongering before, what’s trending this summer is less random and more insect-and-critter obsessed. Bats, ticks, dog saliva, drunken wasps, and a vast array of parasites could truly turn this into a summer of despair (if […]
What you need to know when it comes to bad news about “good” cholesterol
Some headlines over the weekend heralded dire-sounding news about HDL, the so-called “good” cholesterol: Too much good cholesterol could raise risk of death, study suggests (Newsweek) Excessive ‘good’ cholesterol can be life threatening: study Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) But those scary statements are misleading. Here’s why. The stories are based on an abstract presented at the […]
Contrary to claims, heart scans don’t save lives, but subsequent interventions might
Mentioning alternative screening methods, conflicts of interest, and potential downstream costs and risks would have improved this release.
Scans cut heart attack rates and save lives, major study finds
Breastfeeding for stroke prevention? Kudos to heart association for clarifying that study doesn’t show cause-and-effect
The release would have been even stronger had it told readers about the absolute risk reductions in addition to the relative reductions in risk.
Breastfeeding may help protect mothers against stroke
CBD products don’t need a marketing push from journalists
Growing acceptance of medical marijuana has spurred aggressive marketing of CBD (cannabidiol), a non-intoxicating cannabis derivative that’s being added to things like skin cream, candy, and dog snacks. While a CBD-containing drug was recently approved to treat two severe forms of epilepsy, there’s scant evidence for other health claims. Nevertheless, marketers are promoting CBD to treat […]
Modest improvement after major treatment touted as ‘reduced risk of dying’ in women with low-threat DCIS
A quarter of a percent reduced risk over a 15-year period seems speculative, not definitive.
Association of radiation therapy plus lumpectomy in reduced risk of dying in women with DCIS
Intensive blood pressure control and ‘dementia’: another mad rush to report incomplete SPRINT findings
After 12 years in which we’ve published more than 2,500 news story reviews, we’ve found that reports out of medical meetings are among the most superficial and imbalanced journalism that we evaluate. Study abstracts presented at these meetings are often pitched as urgent or a ‘breakthrough’, when actually they’re usually preliminary and yet to be […]