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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 […]
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 — […]1
High drug costs (and stock values) take center stage at final day of ASCO
For the past few days we’ve been keeping a close eye on the news coverage coming out of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s largest cancer research conference: Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017 6 things to keep in mind if you read cancer-related news in […]4
VIDEO: Does diet soda = dementia? A second look at the study uncovers key statistical shortcomings
Just over a week ago I wrote about how reporters covering a recent observational study — which reported that drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily was associated with an increased risk of developing stroke or dementia — often neglected three key points. Those points were: relative risk was reported much more often than absolute risk that association does […]6
‘Not statistically significant but clinically meaningful’: A researcher calls ‘BS’ on cancer drug spin
This post has been updated; scroll to the bottom for details. An egregious example of pharma spin was highlighted by Dr. Vinay Prasad, an oncologist at Oregon Health Sciences University, this week on Twitter. He pointed to a Novartis promotional website for the immunosuppressant drug everolimus (brand name Afinitor) that’s used to treat kidney and […]
Can these 10 foods really ‘cut risk of early death’? NPR overstates the evidence
Despite cautioning readers about some of the limits of observational studies, this story makes many claims that observational data just can’t support.
Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death
Six tips for writing accurately about cancer immunotherapy drugs
Immunotherapy drugs that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer are a hot news topic, buoyed in part by high-profile apparent success stories like that of U.S. President Jimmy Carter who was diagnosed last year with metastatic melanoma. As evidenced by some recent headlines, these stories tend to focus on the positive outcomes: TIME: A new cancer therapy leads […]
Wearable monitors: what do we really know?
The following guest post is by Dr. Michael Joyner, a medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic. These views are his own. You can follow him on twitter @DrMJoyner. One of the most interesting pieces of health care reporting I have read in the last couple of weeks was Charles Piller’s article in Stat on leadership […]2
Five Star Friday Feature: pieces for Oprah, STAT, ESPN
Allow us to shine a light on some things that fall outside our regular review process, but which we found noteworthy. Laura Beil’s Oprah mag piece, “Colonoscopy Alternatives Everyone Should Know About,” with an accompanying chart, The 3 Colon Cancer Screening Methods You Need to Know About. Money quote: “Rare is the doctor who doesn’t wholeheartedly […]
News release on NanoKnife for prostate cancer gets nano-score
The headline vaguely touts this therapy as an “image guided” treatment alternative to surgery. What’s news about this research is that it involves neither surgery nor radiation but “irreversible electroporation” (IRE).
New Data Establishes Image Guided Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer as an Alternative to Surgery by Reducing Recovery Times and Lower Side Effects
Proton therapy for esophageal cancer: very little information to support a news release’s claims of benefit
Beyond the claim that proton therapy causes fewer side effects, this promotional-sounding release contains almost no useful information.
New study finds that proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients
Exaggeration in health science news releases – and what we’re going to do about it
It’s difficult to imagine a journal article and an editorial that could set the stage for what we intend to do on this site in 2015 better than this paper and this editorial in The BMJ this week – about problems with health related science news releases. (It is ironic that I have criticized news […]4 10/26/2010
More robot hype – McGill's McSleepy joins DaVinci for McProstate removal
The Popular Science website – Popsci.com – reports with breathless enthusiasm about claims that McGill University Health Centre/Montreal General Hospital performed a “world first, a completely robotic surgery and anesthesia.” By now, unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know about DaVinci surgical robots. This team also used an anesthesia robot, nicknamed “McSleepy.” The […]