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Category: The words matter


Journal case reports can’t ‘explode myths’ — but they can encourage shoddy news stories

1 10/12/2018

‘Reverse’ diabetes with intermittent fasting? What you need to know


Podcast: The problematic promise of a ‘cure’ for Alzheimer’s disease

1 7/10/2018

Pharma banks on cancer patients who are ‘determined to keep fighting’

3 7/3/2018

A venti-sized serving of misinformation in news stories on latest coffee study

3 6/29/2018

Podcast: The language of cancer

2 6/27/2018

News stories parrot assumptions about ‘body positivity’ health risks — and ignore conflicting evidence

1 5/15/2018

MS patient shines a light on the harms of misleading media messages

2 5/2/2018

NYT ponders if IV drug users should get ‘second chance’ at heart surgeries, triggering outcry from addiction experts

1 3/29/2018

‘Newfound’ organ = old school hype. What you need to know