Medical news reporting

Ever had it before? Well you got it again.
User avatar
Pyrrho
Posts: 25487
Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:17 am
Title: Man in Black
Location: Division 6
Has thanked: 2648 times
Been thanked: 2689 times

Medical news reporting

Post by Pyrrho » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:04 am

https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2018/0 ... -dementia/
After 12 years in which we’ve published more than 2,500 news story reviews, we’ve found that reports out of medical meetings are among the most superficial and imbalanced journalism that we evaluate.

Study abstracts presented at these meetings are often pitched as urgent or a ‘breakthrough’, when actually they’re usually preliminary and yet to be rigorously scrutinized by others.

Headlines like these popping up in the coverage of this week’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Chicago are a striking case in point:

Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Stave Off Dementia (Bloomberg)

Lowering Blood Pressure Cut Risk of Memory Decline: US Study (Reuters)

There May Finally Be Something You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Dementia (Time)
and
There is something about embargoed news releases coming from medical meetings that triggers an unhelpful sense of urgency amongst healthcare reporters.

Very, very rarely do such abstracts contain breakthroughs, paradigm shifts, or unassailable information that will immediately change patient care. And even if they did, isn’t that exactly the kind of information reporters would want to take more time with?
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

User avatar
Anaxagoras
Posts: 20935
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am
Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan
Has thanked: 1330 times
Been thanked: 1110 times

Re: Medical news reporting

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:29 am

It's unfortunate. You can understand why the incentives of the job would lead that way. If you're a reporter you have to publish news on a regular basis and so they write their stories. And the newspapers or websites have pages to fill or need new content to publish every day.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

User avatar
Doctor X
Posts: 66652
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:09 pm
Title: Collective Messiah
Location: Your Mom
Has thanked: 3232 times
Been thanked: 2045 times

Re: Medical news reporting

Post by Doctor X » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:11 am

Abstracts at meetings, both scientific and humanities, mean "too insignificant to merit presentation."

Presentations at meetings mean "too insignificant to merit publication."

Some things are consistent.

--J.D.
Mob of the Mean: Free beanie, cattle-prod and Charley Fan Club!
"Doctor X is just treating you the way he treats everyone--as subhuman crap too dumb to breathe in after you breathe out."--Don
DocX: FTW.--sparks
"Doctor X wins again."--Pyrrho
"Never sorry to make a racist Fucktard cry."--His Humble MagNIfIcence
"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
"Try a twelve step program and accept Doctor X as your High Power."--asthmatic camel
"just like Doc X said." --gnome

WS CHAMPIONS X3!!! NBA CHAMPIONS!! Stanley Cup! SB CHAMPIONS X5!!!!!
34

User avatar
Abdul Alhazred
Posts: 69767
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:33 pm
Title: Yes, that one.
Location: Chicago
Has thanked: 2851 times
Been thanked: 1093 times

Re: Medical news reporting

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:21 am

It is the same with political news.

Only sports is immune to that sort of thing. :p
Image "If I turn in a sicko, will I get a reward?"

"Yes! A BIG REWARD!" ====> Click here to turn in a sicko
Any man writes a mission statement spends a night in the box.
-- our mission statement plappendale