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    Default Spin Doctors: How The Media Reports On Medicine


    In a study of the dietary advice given by newspapers in the United Kingdom, “no credible scientific basis” was found for most claims. Indeed, “[m]isreporting of dietary advice…is widespread and may contribute to public misconceptions about food and health”—and potentially not only the public.
    Scientists like to think they are not influenced by popular media. One study decided to put it to the test. The New York Times reports on scientific research each week, and researchers found that the studies covered by the Times end up being cited in the New England Journal of Medicine more than those that don’t

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    Default Re: Spin Doctors: How The Media Reports On Medicine

    Sadly, no big surprises here. This is a quote from Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor of the NEJM:

    "It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

    Then where do we go for the truth? Hawkes' Health claims to bring you accurate information from actual published studies, but how accurate are they? When traditional legacy media like the NY Times print a story about a medical breakthrough, how confident can we be of its accuracy? As a result of this article, I'm more likely to place confidence in a finding from Israel's NoCamels.com than the Times or the WaPo.
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    I'm often disappointed to hear how the media reports medical and/or nutritional studies. However, I'm sometimes encouraged by this mis-reporting because often friends and relatives will ask me about it and provide an opportunity for me to share what I know on the subject, and/or pique their interest in more reliable sources to better educate them.

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