Health News Review
  • Jun 10 2012

    Drinking Coffee May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease

    The parade of stories about coffee preventing this or that disease continues. We wish there was more skepticism applied to these kinds of studies. And we wish such stories would remind readers that correlation does not equal causation.

  • Jun 26 2006

    Coffee found to reduce risk of diabetes

    New research shows that daily cups of coffee can reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, gallstones, and type 2 diabetes.

  • Mar 28 2012

    Could Unroasted Coffee Beans Help You Shed Pounds?

    Weak story on a weak, tiny, short-term manufacturer-funded study suggesting weight loss from a supplement containing unroasted coffee bean extract. The LA Times also covered it.

     

  • Mar 28 2012

    Green coffee beans show potential for losing weight

    Not much different or better than its HealthDay competition on a story for which the newsworthiness is questionable.

  • Jun 17 2008

    Coffee Talk: Can 5 Cups a Day Extend Your Life?

    Drinking five cups of coffee a day could help women live longer.

  • Jun 17 2008

    Coffee Perks

    Your morning coffee may have some unexpected perks. A new study reports it might even help you live longer. But not everybody is convinced, and already controversy is brewing.

  • Jun 17 2008

    Coffee may have perks for longer living

    Drinking up to six cups of coffee a day may lower the overall odds of dying prematurely, mainly because it cuts the risk of dying from heart disease, a study released today suggests.

  • Jun 22 2010

    Coffee may cut risk for some cancers

    Better than the WebMD story on the same study because CNN discussed potential harms and had several sources. But this is one instance where the 4-star score based on our 10 criteria seems too high.  When you get the basics wrong, you got the story wrong.

  • Jun 22 2010

    Lots of Coffee Lowers Oral Cancer Risk

    The headline and the first sentence are simply wrong:  the story reports on a type of study that cannot prove that coffer lowers risk.  Since such a study can’t establish causation, such causal language is inappropriate.

  • Jun 29 2011

    Coffee buzz protects brain from Alzheimer’s

    We get a buzz from stories like this – not a good one.  Maybe it’s from more than 35 years of seeing stories like this regarding Alzheimer’s disease.  But it’s an example of why people get turned off to "on again/off again" health/medical/science news coverage.




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