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Early on the CNN story makes a bold claim that the test could save thousands of lives, yet in many cases, early detection of cancer does not guarantee a longer, healthier life.
The story may mislead people into thinking that if they pop a pressure pill each day, they will avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s unproven.
News stories must be careful to explain study limitations so that people come away understanding what a study couldn’t measure.
The evidence cited here is still very preliminary, a finding we also noticed in another recently reviewed article on using genetic testing for targeting depression meds.
This article demonstrates it’s not only desireable but also possible to write objectively and temper expectations when writing for a business audience.
How strong is the link between vision and cognition? The story doesn’t say.
But we laud the story for how well it covered how much the drug might cost, if approved.
The only thing the story lacked was disclosing that seven of the researchers on the study reported financial interests in the company that holds the license for the treatment.
The story delves into the harms of the treatment and refrains from disease-mongering.
The FDA has come under increasing criticism for approving risky drugs without much evidence they work, making it vital that journalists scrutinize approvals.
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