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"An Aspirin a day may keep osteoporosis at bay: study"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 11 Jul 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (2½ stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Aspirin may become the newest tool in the battle against osteoporosis, suggests new research.

Researchers at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry tested the effects of Aspirin on mice, and found it prevented improper bone resorption - the process by which bone turns over and releases minerals. It also prevented the death of bone-forming stem cells.

In osteoporosis, bone turns over more than it is rebuilt, leading to brittle, easily fractured bones...

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 4 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Applicable
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

It's not common practice that Media Doctor Canada reviews news articles that cover animal-based research (in this case, the use of aspirin to prevent osteoporosis in mice). However, we were taken aback by the misleading title and felt this article warranted a critical review.

Overall, this news article should be more explicit that there is no evidence to show that aspirin has any effect on humans in treating osteoporosis. As it stands, the article reads as though it is promoting the use of aspirin for those with osteoporosis. While this promotion may attract readers, it also threatens the credibility of the reporter and news agency. Greater caution should be taken in covering drugs and treatments, no matter if the drug is prescription or over the counter.

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