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A breast cancer study in mice gets big headlines, setting up potential for patient ‘disaster,’ experts say
“I spoke to several cancer specialists in New York City last night who said ‘caution, this is not ready for primetime.’” — ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. That’s the key quote from a recent Good Morning America “Cover Story” segment about a mouse study exploring why breast cancer sometimes spreads in the immediate months […]
Making sense of news based on animal studies: An update to our toolkit
A chemical compound can “reverse aging” in mice, many news outlets recently reported, including ABC News, TIME, STAT, and The Boston Globe. “Reports have suggested that this might someday lead to a new drug for human use,” ABC News speculated. The Boston Globe told us the lead scientist thinks the compound “could not only restore energy and vitality in […]
5-Star Friday: ‘A step away from the norm of the daily drumbeat’
In this installment of 5-Star Friday — our regular feature highlighting excellent health care writing that caught our eye — we noticed a bit of a common thread. Our publisher Gary Schwitzer called it “a step away from the norm of the daily drumbeat.” The topics covered below are ones you’ll read about week after […]
ABC downplays gloomy context in reporting ‘remarkable’ BACE1 finding for Alzheimer’s
This story buoyantly reports on a finding that amyloid plaque can be reversed in mice but misses potential harms and an announcement about an aborted BACE1 trial in humans just a day earlier.
Alzheimer's disease reversed in mice, offering hope for humans, new research shows
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.
Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus
Small study in mice wrongly claimed to advance human alcoholism treatment
Only human clinical trials can show if animal results will be ever be replicated in people.
Drug shown to reverse brain deficits caused by alcohol
Headline vs. study: If only health news headlines would …
If only jolts of electricity to my brain could make me less forgetful. If only mice and baby pigs could read; or, at least, learn which oils and infant formulas are good for them. If only headlines — like those we feature below — would stop misleading people. Especially when it comes to common health […]2
Toilet Bowl Tuesday: A craptastic race to the bottom for misleading health news
Sunday’s Super Bowl supposedly represented the zenith of professional football: top players, in top form, playing at the top level. Anyone want to give me odds on any of the following news stories — which all showed up in our newsfeed before 9 AM today — winning some sort of Toilet Bowl for health news? […]
Announcement on omega-3s suggests without evidence that fish oil prevents, treats breast cancer
The news release offers unwarranted medical advice while omitting any caution about the limitations of using mouse studies to predict human outcomes.
Choose Omega-3s from fish over flax for cancer prevention, study finds
Is the NFL using the CDC to ‘manufacture doubt’ on head injuries?
Super Bowl weekend. The big game, the big TV ads, the big halftime show, the big bowls of chips and salsa … and the big hits. Dramatic hits that make some of us cheer, make others cringe, and make some players retire. A recent paper in the BMJ’s Injury Prevention journal raises questions about the National […]1
Journalists drop the ball on big concussion/CTE story
A study about concussions and the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is generating national headlines: USA Today: New Boston University study links repetitive hits to head, not concussions, to CTE Washington Post: A new study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE TIME: Repeated Hits to the Head — Not Concussions — May […]1
NY Times ‘Well’ section continues to mislead readers — this time on facial exercises that ‘may make you look 3 years younger’
The New York Times “Well” section is once again … unwell. This time, it’s an article titled “Facial Exercises May Make You Look 3 Years Younger,” which employs a clickbait headline and the veneer of scientific legitimacy to hype a small study of highly questionable significance. It quotes two sources –both co-authors of the study–and buries […]
Animal studies, reported well, include careful framing and clear caveats
Here at HealthNewsReview.org, we’ve been known to be critical of news articles making health care claims that are based on research in animals. For recent examples, see these news story reviews: Invasive weed kills superbugs? All we know is it might work in mice WaPo story generalizes findings of small study on mice to pregnant […]
No discussion of risks in NPR’s look at brain-zapping implants to treat destructive impulses
But, the story did a good job discussing costs and laying out the study design for readers.
Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?
2017 year-ender: Major themes from a year’s worth of news release reviews
We’re closing in on our 500th news release review since launching this service in April 2015. What have we learned? We’ve learned that overall, universities, academic medical centers, hospitals, trade groups and industry are committing many of the same mistakes and omitting the same key information they were in 2015 when we started. We’re dedicated […]