Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Disease mongering
Blogger Liz Scherer gets worked up about a news story headlined, “White women’s skin may show wrinkles sooner.”
Read her post.
And then realize how broadly this news was disseminated. This is just the first of many pages of Google search results. Sheesh.
Aided by caveats in a concluding quote from an independent expert, this story was appropriately cautious about the value of an experimental approach for children at risk of autism. But it should have warned readers that the findings were not statistically significant. We offer training to help journalists make these judgments.
Meeting most of our criteria for quality health journalism, this solid Wall Street Journal “Aches and Claims” column helps readers sort out research on a potential cholesterol-lowing supplement.
This is the second Medical News Today story that we’ve reviewed in as many weeks that relies almost entirely on a news release. We hope that’s not the start of a pattern.Medical News Today
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