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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 […]9
Most news coverage on new PSA testing study acknowledged costly trade-offs
The major health news story last week was on a re-assessment of prostate cancer screening published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study’s release generated stories in the New York Times, TIME, Consumer Reports, STAT, ABS-CBN News (Philippines) and the LA Times, among others. The reporting confirms what we already know about the PSA test […]3
The fat vs. carbs merry-go-round spins again
Any study focused on fats vs. carbs, heart disease and death, encompassing several countries, and that challenges existing dietary guidelines around the world is bound to generate news coverage — as well as a slew of eye-catching headlines: Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows (The Telegraph) The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has […]
5-Star Friday: Emotions vs. evidence
Every day we scrutinize media messages about health on this website. We encounter evidence — presumed by many to be logical and impartial — that is packaged, spun, and even altered by forces such as investors, egos, politics, and career concerns. Claims and promises are made. Often with much fanfare. Enter emotions. Those most affected by the evidence — […]
Small studies get big headlines at ASCO 2017
Nearly 40,000 cancer specialists have converged in Chicago for the world’s largest cancer meeting. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting — which began last Friday and runs through tomorrow — traditionally draws international media attention. As our deputy managing editor, Joy Victory, reported last week, it has become a perennial exercise in spotting […]
‘Holy grail of food allergy treatment?’ Food allergies weren’t even part of this 2-person study
The release should have been more clear that this study has significant limitations in both sample size and duration of effect and that nothing is known about whether this effect can be repeated usefully, reliably or safely.
New cancer drug can prevent reactions to common airborne allergens
Mayo study on second opinions • Lots of coverage, most of it third-rate
A Mayo Clinic study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, compares the initial diagnosis given to patients by their primary doctor, with the diagnosis they ultimately received by Mayo internists after being referred for a second opinion. Many news outlets framed the results the way UPI did in its headline: “Study finds […]
CNN claims aspirin can reduce cancer death risk, falling into observational study trap
This story is a brief, uncritical look at a study examining ties between aspirin use and rates of cancer mortality.
Low-dose aspirin can reduce risk of death from cancer, research says
Vitamin D prevents colds? News stories turn blind eye to limitations of sunshine vitamin study
Vitamin D is a hot research topic, but the public gets a lot of mixed messages about its usefulness and safety. Case in point: One of the latest studies, published Wednesday, Feb. 15, analyzed results from 25 previous trials and found that vitamin D supplementation might help prevent respiratory infections in some people who have low […]
CBS barely dodges observational study trap with hot chili pepper story
In this study, hot chili peppers were associated with a longer life but also lower income and higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.