The studies say that the medical literature is weak on a definitive answer that applies to all kids and that the proper approach depends on the individual.
In this study, hot chili peppers were associated with a longer life but also lower income and higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.
In an observational study on inflammation researchers identified caffeine as having an inhibitory effect on one gene associated with inflammation. But there’s scant evidence for the article to suggest that lowering inflammation levels — or drinking coffee — will prevent diseases associated with inflammation.
But, we were pleased to see the inclusion of an independent source, who helped establish what was novel about the study findings.
Researchers saw an association with physical activity and reduced risk of death when looking at data–they did not prove it’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship.
The story did a good job providing exact numbers on what the researchers measured, and it mentioned a few limitations to the study.
If research reveals that wearing an inexpensive back brace stands to actually help alleviate pain and accelerate recovery compared to alternatives (e.g. drugs and surgery), it’s newsworthy. That wasn’t the case here.
When reporting on a single case study, journalists should use abundant caution to avoid overselling the research.