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Claim that fermented dairy products reduce heart attacks leaves us feeling sour
There’s an emerging assumption that fermented dairy products might be “pro-biotic” and, therefore, “heart-friendly.” But, at this time, that remains purely speculative.
Fermented dairy products may protect against heart attack
When reporting on sloppy science, NY Times ‘Well’ section should practice what it preaches
A New York Times column on Monday bemoaned the sorry state of much nutrition research, saying it’s too often poorly designed and riddled with conflicts of interest. The headline: Confused by Nutrition Research? Sloppy Science May Be to Blame Written by longtime “Personal Health” columnist Jane Brody, the piece is based on a new book, […]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 […]
A step-by-step guide to creating health care clickbait
Effective clickbait doesn’t just happen. It’s carefully crafted. Take this wildly misleading article from CNN: Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals. It’s one example — among many generated daily by various news outlets — of how a mundane observational study can be transformed into viral internet gold. […]
Recap of some knee surgeons’ use of aspirin as a clot buster skims over study limitations
Harms from aspirin, including bleeding risk, were not mentioned.
Aspirin alone a good clot buster after knee surgery
Can coffee ‘tame the redness of rosacea’? Here’s what you need to know about the New York Times’ coverage
Here’s another example in our occasional series documenting how the New York Times’ ‘Well’ section is often unwell. This time it’s a brief story claiming that “Coffee may tame the redness of rosacea.” Let’s start with the fact that this study was observational and had many limitations, which we’ll explain below. (Read our primer on observational […]1
Problematic PR releases: As evidence lags on proton therapy, hospitals lure patients with anecdotes and high-tech appeals
A recent news release from Michigan’s Beaumont Medical Center shared the story of an 8-year-old girl with a brain tumor who traveled from Hawaii to be treated at the hospital’s proton therapy center. Its heart-warming details include how the girl bonded with her medical team, gave them candy from her home state, and hopped onto […]
Serious potential harms and financial conflicts missing in recap of study on vaginal laser surgery for menopausal symptoms
The release fails to mention that the FDA has issued a warning against the use of vaginal laser surgery for menopausal symptoms.
Getting relief from sexual dysfunction and incontinence caused by menopause
Caveats and outside expert balance speculative claim that ‘anti-inflammatory’ diet might benefit bipolar disorder patients
The release includes cautions and an outside perspective — something we’d like to see more of in health care PR announcements.
Study shows diet and weight may affect response to bipolar disorder treatment
Headline vs. Study: Using cancer as clickbait
Using cancer as clickbait is ubiquitous and worrisome. It’s one thing to highlight studies that represent genuine progress, and quite another to write hopeful headlines about studies that are clearly not ready for prime time. Such is the case with 4 of the stories we feature below. It may seem like too widespread a problem […]
Plug for study of midwifery for low income women is fuzzy on benefits, costs
But the study could pave the way for further studies that establish midwifery’s benefits and risks.
Midwifery linked to lower odds of birth complications for low-income women
It’s time for AAAS and EurekAlert! to crack down on misinformation in PR news releases
Whenever you see a news story that contains imbalanced and inaccurate information about health care, you’d be justified in wondering whether the content originated with a poor-quality PR news release. We’ve been demonstrating how these promotional documents can mislead readers about animal studies, phase 1 research, and minimally invasive surgery — to name just a few of the […]
Claim that milk protein alleviates chemotherapy side effects based on study of just 12 people
The release offers speculation but no data to describe lactoferrin (a protein found in milk) benefits.
Milk protein shown to alleviate chemotherapy side effects
What you need to know about yet another study on Alzheimer’s and exercise
Including “exercise” and “Alzheimer’s” in the same headline is sure-fire clickbait for a lot of people. For example: 150 minutes of exercise every week can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease (The Economic Times) Exercise may delay rare form of Alzheimer’s (HealthDay) But these headlines refer to a study published earlier this week that doesn’t justify such […]
One woman’s account of spinal cord stimulator skips realities of medical device safety in U.S.
The story also did not mention that the author acknowledged being a paid “advocate” for pain patients, which could present a conflict of interest.