August 24th, 2016

How to Read Beyond the Headline: 9 Essential Questions to Evaluate Medical News

By Miguel Valdez Soto

How to Read Beyond the Headline: 9 Essential Questions to Evaluate Medical News Ben Goldacre writing in Bad Science classified science reporting as falling into three categories – wacky stories, scare stories and breakthrough stories; the last of which he views as ”a more subtly destructive category of science story”. Whether you get your news through digital or traditional means, you can’t fail to notice the regularity with which journalists report on the latest medical breakthroughs. Some of these reports are sensationalist (“coffee causes cancer”) and fairly easy to dismiss; but do you know how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to less sensationalist headlines?

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