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Problematic PR releases: Medical studies backed by food industry trade groups
Long considered a downmarket cooking oil with ho-hum health benefits, cottonseed oil has now been linked to lowering cholesterol, according to a recent news release from the University of Georgia. As the release explains, “researchers suggested a fatty acid unique to cottonseed oil, dihydrosterculic acid, may help prevent the accumulation of triglycerides, a type of fat, in […]1
Sponsored content’s slippery slope: UC Davis and WaPo laud ‘Moringa, the next superfood’
The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) has partnered with the Washington Post (WaPo) to publish an article in which a significant conflict of interest is not disclosed, and where claims of major health benefits aren’t supported by adequate evidence. The article — ‘Moringa, the next superfood‘ — was published earlier this month. It’s […]
Clickbait PR on seafood and pregnancy reels in reporters, but leaves readers high and dry
Put SEX … FOOD … and LOVE in a headline and you’re going to get clicks. Lot’s of them. Guaranteed. But in the case of these headlines — generated by a Harvard study of ‘Seafood Intake, Sexual Activity, and Time to Pregnancy‘ — you’ll also run the risk of giving couples trying to get pregnant […]
Baby wipes ’cause’ food allergies? What you need to know
Here’s an example of what can happen when a study author makes grandiose claims, a news release unabashedly promotes these claims, and a host of reporters run with it because the topic is popular (food allergies) and the affected group is vulnerable (babies). How baby wipes are making your baby sick (NY Post) Baby wet […]4
Food for mood: A Wall Street Journal article makes bold claims with little evidence
A Wall Street Journal article published last week (‘The Food That Helps Battle Depression‘) had this subheading: “The right kind of diet may give the brain more of what it needs to avoid depression, or even to treat it once it’s begun” It’s a bold claim for which the story provides little in the way […]
‘Ultra-processed’ foods and cancer: Headlines show the right way, and the wrong way, to frame study results
Today’s headlines on ultra-processed foods and cancer offer a good case study in the right way — and the wrong way — to frame the results of an observational study about diet and the risk of disease. The stories are based on a French study in which more than 100,000 people were asked about their […]
Independent source bolsters NPR’s report on oral food challenges for allergies
The story would have scored stronger if it had better described what kind of research this was, and what made it novel.
This Test Can Determine Whether You've Outgrown A Food Allergy
Announcement on fortified food for acute malnutrition neglects to mention patents held by study authors
Readers would take away a better understanding of this critical issue if the release focused more on the study itself than on quoting researchers on the importance of the project.
New research to treat acute malnutrition
‘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
Can these 10 foods really ‘cut risk of early death’? NPR overstates the evidence
Despite cautioning readers about some of the limits of observational studies, this story makes many claims that observational data just can’t support.
Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Early Death
Food emulsifiers and cancer: Fear-mongering stories needed to dig deeper than the news release
“This common processed food ingredient causes cancer in mice.” So much to unpack from just one little headline, which ran on TIME.com earlier this week. First, the headline is wrong. The research at hand didn’t actually prove the food ingredient (emulsifiers) caused cancer. Not. Even. Close. Second, it’s about mice. Yes, it’s good to see […]
TIME’s story on infants and food allergy risks overstates research findings
Both the story’s headline and overall brevity make the evidence sound much stronger than what was reported in the evidence review.
Babies Should Eat Eggs and Peanuts Early to Avoid Food Allergies
Release suggests seafood diet helps slow cognitive decline – but didn’t include study limitations
This release provides a measured overview of the study but doesn’t address its weaknesses or quantify benefits.
Stave off cognitive decline with seafood
News media sound the alarm on mercury in seafood during pregnancy — was it a false alarm?
The following post is by Joy Victory, who joined HealthNewsReview.org in March as deputy managing editor. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. A recent 20-page policy report from the Environmental Working Group included alarming news: According to a study they conducted, “nearly three in 10 of the women had more mercury in their bodies than the EPA […]
Seaweed touted as solution to making junk food healthier — but wild claims not backed up
We applaud any attempt to encourage healthier eating patterns, but the scientific basis for any of the claims made about the health benefits of seaweed in this news release is unclear.