Medical studies in the media

More fallout from the JAMA study on the media reporting of medical studies.

One reason is that reporters are not often versed on health care nuances. Matthew Mintz comes up with other reasons, such as the focus on negative headlines that tend to sell more papers, and the sheer volume of studies to interpret:

The public is inundated on a daily basis with medical information that is not always reported accurately, that often takes a negative spin . . . that leave the public and patients confused, and in many cases lead patients to distrust any product and even their own doctors.

This is one reason to read physician blogs, which can comment on the medical news from a more informed stance.

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