April 20, 2015 | News Release Review

Did study really show that “fasting may reduce breast cancer risk”?

This news release is based on interesting research. But the release leaves too many holes that might prevent journalists and the public from grasping what the findings may mean — or not.

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Overnight Fasting May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Women

April 17, 2015 | News Release Review

Thorough summary of trial comparing drugs for diabetic macular edema

This news release describes a study testing three drugs for diabetic macular edema with price tags ranging from about $700 to $17,700 for a round of treatment.

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Joslin Researchers Conduct First Trial Directly Comparing Drugs for Diabetic Macular Edema and Find All are Effective

April 17, 2015 | Story Review

Labeled as “news”, one MD’s opinion on pap smear/pelvic exam guidelines

FoxNews.com labels this piece as “news” – not as an opinion piece by one physician.  To use the columnist’s own words in a different context, “I find this outrageous.”

 

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The real importance of getting a pap smear and pelvic exam

April 16, 2015 | News Release Review

Spinning of negative result gives false hope on Alzheimer’s treatment

Subgroup analysis is an important approach to experimental trials that journalists – and the general  public need to understand.  This news release didn’t even raise the issue.

2 Star

Prostate Cancer Drug Slows Memory Loss in Women with Alzheimer's Disease

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