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Headline vs. study: Promises for your heart, brain, and the common flu
This edition of Headline vs. Study focuses on two recurrent problems we see in both news stories and news releases. First, the prevailing assumptions that either new technology (like using stem cells for a common knee ailment), or more technology (like combining two heart scan techniques) are automatically superior to the existing approach. Although that sometimes […]
Headline vs. study: Sometimes fishy, sometimes pulling a rabbit out of a hat
How likely are you to believe one of the following: That a study in fish might hold the key to preventing Parkinson’s? That a study in rabbits might help us prevent HIV from spreading? A brain scan could pick up mental illness? I’m betting you’re skeptical. And you should be. But get this: all three […]
Headline vs. study: If only health news headlines would …
If only jolts of electricity to my brain could make me less forgetful. If only mice and baby pigs could read; or, at least, learn which oils and infant formulas are good for them. If only headlines — like those we feature below — would stop misleading people. Especially when it comes to common health […]
Headline vs. study: The unbearable heaviness of false hope
Here’s a perfect storm. Take several common diseases that affect millions of people — like antibiotic-resistant infections, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and bipolar disease — and then write headlines about recent (or old!) studies on these illnesses that hint at hope. But then, in the ensuing article, don’t give your readers evidence to support your […]
Headline vs. study: Stem cells ‘slow aging’ and ‘rejuvenate’ old hearts
A 2014 analysis by the Media Insight Project found that about 6 out of 10 Americans admit they did nothing more than scan the headlines in the past week. And that’s just the people that admit it. Then, last summer, French and American researchers found that nearly 60 percent of links shared on social media had never been clicked […]
Headline vs. study: boxes for your baby, blueberries for your brain
We continue our regular series looking for clear and compelling disconnects between what a headline highlights, and what the referenced study is really about. As you will see below, this past month ended up to be a smorgasbord of food and nutrition stories. Not surprising really. Time and time again we’ve found this to be a genre of health […]
Headline vs. study: Cancer breath, common weeds, and coffee forever!
This is our third go-round looking for disconnects between what a headline implies or emphasizes, and what the substance of the referenced study really is. And we are beginning to see some themes that almost invariably raise our eyebrows, such as headlines that make factual claims from what are clearly preliminary results. Or headlines that–usually in a […]
Headline vs. study: Bait and switch?
We all do it in journalism. We are taught to write a headline that a) captures what the story is about, and b) captures the reader’s attention. Nothing wrong with that. Where the problem comes in is if the headline misleads or misinforms. And, as is so often the case with healthcare topics, that sort […]4
Headline vs. study: A battle where readers often lose
The quest for balance in a health news story can fail before the first sentence if the headline isn’t appropriately calibrated. With that in mind, I looked at news stories and releases that we reviewed over the past month and compared the headline message with that of the study on which the news is based. […]3/15/2012
Headlines don’t help on prostate cancer screening study: “reduces death” vs. “isn’t saving lives”
An updated analysis of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is receiving a lot of news attention. And the competing, conflicting headlines are as clear as mud. In one corner, wearing the black-and-white trunks, and weighing in with a predominantly positive message: MSNBC goes […]1
Do wellness programs work? A unique study does much more than offer a possible answer
If you’re one of our regular readers I’ll bet your ears echo from hearing us bang these drums over and over: When OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES find an association between two things it does NOT mean one thing CAUSED the other thing to happen. The gold standard of evidence-based medicine is confirming or refuting findings via multiple […]
Recap of robotic surgery study shows useful comparison with standard surgery, but sidesteps cost
While robotic surgery may be “not inferior” to standard therapy for bladder cancer, it does have added costs and a longer procedure time.
Robotic surgery as effective as open surgery for bladder cancer
Can’t say we didn’t warn you: Study finds popular health news stories overstate the evidence
A new study confirms something we here at HealthNewsReview.org have been emphasizing for many years: Health news stories often overstate the evidence from a new study, inaccurately claiming that one thing causes another — as in drinking alcohol might help you live longer, facial exercises may keep your cheeks perky, and that diet soda might be a […]4
Prostate cancer screening: massive study gets minimal coverage. Why?
The largest-ever randomized trial of using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test in asymptomatic men over the age of 50 has found — after about 10 years of follow-up — no significant difference in prostate cancer deaths among men who were screened with a single (“one-off”) PSA test, and those who weren’t screened. The findings come […]
AAN study summary relies on speculation about diet and depression in older adults
One of the biggest problems with the release is that it doesn’t address factors that might confound the results. For example, does depression itself lead to a change in dietary patterns?