A spin around the Web today will give you many stories about citrus fruits and women’s stroke risk.
It got worse.
An Orange A Day Keeps Stroke Away – MedPage Today
Two noteworthy efforts:
“This study adds absolutely nothing to the relationship between fruit and strokes,” said ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. “The conclusions of the study go beyond the data.”
Researchers noted that the women who consumed the most flavonoids smoked less, exercised more and ate better, suggesting they already had an overall healthier lifestyle.
“The things we know that are important for stroke prevention remain,” said Besser.
A new study is prompting headlines such as “An Orange a Day Keeps Stroke Away.” But the study doesn’t make a very strong case — and it’s possible other healthy habits or diet choices accounted for the stroke differences seen among citrus lovers, some experts say.
We offer a primer on our site, “Does The Language Fit The Evidence? – Association Versus Causation.” It goes into great detail explaining how many messages about observational studies are miscommunicated, and what wording can be used to ensure accuracy.