Another story that was apparently just a re-packaged news release.
This story gave more context and more caveats and in fewer words than a WebMD story on the same study.
People who smoke cigarettes and drink lots of coffee are less likely to get Parkinson’s disease than their family members who don’t indulge in caffeine and nicotine, a new seven-year study shows.
News you can use? This was news no one can use yet – because it was in mice. The physician-reporter twice called the study results “very encouraging.” For all the mice in the viewing audience.
Coffee or tea? There’s a growing body of research to suggest that both are probably good for you.
Maintaining an objective tone, this WSJ piece managed to communicate the silliness of claims being made about raspberry ketone supplements.
We found no glaring problems with the reporting of this valid story, so it gets a top 5-star score. But we question whether the subject matter warranted front-page attention in a 2,000-word article. (An earlier comment about a BMJ/BBC report has been deleted. We erroneously connected that report with the subject of this story. They concerned different product types.)
It is so easy to get a story like this wrong. But this story mostly got it right.
We applaud this story’s attention to an issue than transcends the “study of the day” mentality of most health reporting, but we wish it had attacked the subject with a more careful and evidence-based perspective.
We weren’t reviewing a news story here. We were reviewing a university news release, which was simply rewritten without any apparent independent vetting of claims.
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