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CBS story on stem cells and root canals inflates the benefits and ignores the risks
When there are no direct clinical benefits to quantify about a possible new medical intervention, it’s a sign the research may be too preliminary for a wide audience.
Stem cell research aims to put an end to root canals
Bloomberg story on fiber benefits hinges on unpublished data from a private fitness app
It’s Comical. It’s Critical. It Might Even Help You Lose Weight.
Inducing at 39 weeks: Washington Post story mystifies more than clarifies
“Should pregnant women be induced at 39 weeks?” After reading this story, it is unlikely readers will be any closer to answering the headline question.
Should pregnant women be induced at 39 weeks?
New surgical method for uterine fibroids gets thorough look by Inquirer
The story relies heavily on an anecdote, tracking one patient’s experience with the experimental procedure, but provides a good overview of the surgical treatment options available for women with uterine fibroids.
Doctors test new device for uterine fibroids
Surgery for chronic headaches? PR release strikes the right tone for making the pitch
This news release does a good job on describing some of the key elements found in a study of surgery for chronic headaches but leaves other questions unanswered.
Surgery for chronic temporal headaches -- simplified approach shows good results
An array of sources make this STAT story on aspirin task force recommendations very strong
With a wide array of independent sources, and a thorough discussion of the evidence quality, this story from STAT stands out for hitting all the important marks.
Experts debate: Do healthy people need an aspirin a day?
Exaggeration found in PR release claim that anyone can “reverse” their Type 2 diabetes
This release offers good information for people with Type 2 diabetes but it overstates the study results.
Reverse your diabetes -- and you can stay diabetes-free long-term
Engaging UCLA release suggests pregnancy hormone may benefit MS patients – but lacks key data
This news release details a scientist’s journey to discovery of the hormone estriol’s possible protective effect on MS patients. More actual data on results of the trial would have made the release even better.
Safe form of estrogen helped Multiple Sclerosis patients avoid relapses in UCLA led clinical trial
Media ignore impact of unsafe medical devices — unless the company CEO is a celebrity billionaire like Elizabeth Holmes
James Stewart’s recent New York Times story about Elizabeth Holmes, the rising star in the high-tech galaxy turned media celeb, raises an important press question in this time of the 21st Century Cures Act. Are the media interested in covering problematic and potentially unsafe drugs, devices, and other medical products only when celebrity is involved? […]
Nuanced portrait of evidence on prevention benefits of vitamin D
A nice deep dive into existing research on vitamin D and the questions that some large new trials on the supplement are expected to resolve.
Vitamin D supplements: Panacea, placebo or something in between?
Reader question on OTC pain relievers generates thorough, evidence-based response
This story provides an evidence-based response to a reader question on commonly used over-the-counter pain relievers. The details may come as a surprise to those who think these pain relievers are interchangeable.
Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here's what the evidence says.
With second death-risk release in a month, Lancet displays better grip on limitations
The current release does a pretty thorough job of explaining the study and quotes from an accompanying editorial to provide some perspective.
Simple score predicts risk of death for middle-aged adults in the UK
Following the health news stream from publication to news release to media coverage
Harold J. DeMonaco is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a long-time contributor to HealthNewsReview.org. It is always interesting to see how the results of a well-designed and important study can get distorted as they flow through the media. The recent publication of Development and Validation of […]
Does sleep apnea treatment really “lower diabetes risk”? This news release oversells the evidence
This is an example of how the careful wording of a published study can get punchier and more aggressive in a news release. A two-week proof-of-concept study can’t tell us whether sleep apnea treatment truly “reduces diabetes risk.”
Effective sleep apnea treatment lowers diabetes risk
Men Are New Target for Osteoporosis Treatment
A nice distillation of efforts to screen more men for bone density that could have been improved with cost, harm, and quality of evidence information.