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September 19, 2017 | Story Review

Solid report from NYT on peanut product that claims to reduce allergy risk

The story was strong on many points, though we wished it had better explained what a qualified health claim is, and why changing guidelines based on one study can be risky.

5 Star

New Product Is First to Claim It May Reduce Peanut Allergies

September 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Bodycad claims untested 3D printed knee replacements offer ‘improved clinical outcomes’

The release also neglected to mention a quoted surgeon’s conflict of interest as well as harms and costs associated with knee replacement surgery.

2 Star

Bodycad Announces First Use of Its Unicompartmental Knee System in Patients

September 19, 2017 | News Release Review

Superiority of LED lights over sunlight in producing Vitamin D3 not proven in tissue samples alone

Boston U’s study of UV LEDs on skin samples is a lab outcome, not a clinical outcome on patients.

2 Star

LED lights safer, more effective in producing Vitamin D3 than sunlight

September 18, 2017 | News Release Review

U of Pittsburgh recap of COPD drug study touts ‘statistically significant’ results, but are they meaningful to patients?

Some discussion of costs, harms and more focus on what the benefits actually represent to patients would have made the release stronger.

4 Star

Therapy proves effective in subgroup of COPD patients


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