Tips for analyzing studies, medical evidence and health care claims


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Kathi Mestayer

November 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Just wondering if you are familiar with ConsumerLab.com. They claim to conduct independent testing of nutritional supplements for content and solubility. Are they solid?

Kevin Lomangino

November 28, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Kathi,

We are not familiar with that organization and, unfortunately, can’t offer any advice on the quality of information they provide.

Kevin Lomangino
Managing Editor

Erick Turner

September 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

I think they would be good if they would stick to their core function, testing dietary supplements for identity, purity, etc, and providing info on relative pricing. They can also provide good info on interactions w/ drugs. Unfortunately they overreach by getting into the issue of efficacy. For example, right now on their website, they have a story entitled “Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Vision Formulas Vary Widely – Which Vision Supplement Is Right for You?” Better if they had stopped after “widely” and not suggest that “you” really need this supplement.

Gary Fradin

September 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

I think your list is excellent but unsure it’s practical.
21 important things to consider is simply too many, especially for topics as complex as these.
Can you shed light on how people actually use these tips? Which most frequently? Which most commonly misunderstood?

Kevin Lomangino

September 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Gary,

This is a list for consumers and journalists who wish to dive deeper on specific topics. These are not tips that everyone needs to think about for every news report about a study.

For a quicker, more practical overview of things to look for when reading about or writing about health care, please see our 10 criteria. We think these criteria address the basic issues that consumers need to know in order to develop informed opinions about health care interventions – and how/whether they matter in their lives.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Kevin Lomangino
Managing Editor