An added nice touch was the discussion of the possible etiology of the olive oil effect (e.g., inflammation).
Overall, a solid summary.
When an observational study points to a statistical association between one factor and one outcome, it is important to explain why that doesn’t necessarily mean that one factor caused that one outcome. This story did a better job of that than its LA Times competition.
Not applicable. The cost of olive oil is not in question.
The story only cited a 41% lower risk of stroke but didn’t give the actual numbers of how many versus how many in the different groups. That may give an inflated sense of benefit or risk reduction.
Unlike the LA Times piece, WebMD rurns to an editorial writer and two other independent experts to evaluate the evidence. It mentioned that this was an observational study but didn’t explicitly define that or why that’s a potential limitation.
No disease-mongering of stroke in the story.
Great sourcing – with 3 independent voices besides the study authors.
The story ends, appropriately, with this: “Keeping blood pressure controlled, not smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet that is low in salt and rich in fruits and vegetables can also help reduce stroke risk.”
Not applicable. The availability of olive oil is not in question.
The relative novelty of the study’s focus was clear in the story.
It’s clear that the story did not rely on a news release.