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May 24, 2018 | News Release Review

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) declared ‘better’ than drug therapy; readers worse off

The release also doesn’t mention potential harms of PCI, put the size of the benefit in context, or disclose conflicts of interest.

3 Star

Procedure plus medication is better than standard treatment for heart disease patients

May 24, 2018 | News Release Review

UCLA offers cautious framing on mouse study of ‘stroke neural repair’

Compared to many news releases we review that have to do with rodent research, this one was more cautious with its language than most.

3 Star

Mice regrow brain tissue after stroke with bioengineered gel

May 22, 2018 | Story Review

A study that may help reduce overtreatment of breast cancer gets solid write-up by Bloomberg

The story also makes clear that this finding is not robust enough to change treatment guidelines yet and that other outcomes, such as quality of life improvement are still being analyzed.

4 Star

Study Finds More Isn't Better for Roche Breast Cancer Drug

May 22, 2018 | Story Review

Drug’s ability to lower frequency of migraines by 50 percent sounds pretty good–until you read the fine print

NBC News story doesn’t adequately scrutinize the claims being made about a new drug to prevent migraines.

3 Star

FDA approves new drug that prevents migraines without side effects

May 21, 2018 | News Release Review

Plug for patent on ‘cancer trap’ device misleads

Based on the information in the release, the device appears to be — at this point — little more than a concept.

1 Star

UTA researcher patents “roach motel” for cancer

May 18, 2018 | News Release Review

‘Eradication of multiple myeloma?’ Phase 2 trials haven’t even started

The release neglects to mention that even after this phase 2 trial has been completed, researchers won’t know if the experimental drug cocktail is better or worse than standard treatments, because it does not include any direct comparison.

1 Star

UAB Recruiting for Clinical Trial to Determine Therapies for Eradication of Multiple Myeloma –University of Alabama at Birmingham

May 17, 2018 | Story Review

Inquirer delivers well-rounded report on using laughing gas for labor pain–except for two things

This story never cites a specific study, nor does it provide links to several existing studies documenting benefits and harms.

4 Star

Laughing gas makes a comeback for women in labor - like Kate Middleton

May 16, 2018 | News Release Review

Jumping the gun on epilepsy device: It’s not a therapy until it’s proven to be therapeutic

News release recruiting patients for a phase 1 trial skips almost every detail a patient needs to know: what’s different about the device, success rate of similar devices, harms, and more.

0 Star

Rush is First to Use Microburst Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy


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