Mostly, health claims in newspapers are bunk

Ben Goldacre (of Bad Science fame) and some colleagues have done some research into the reliability of health claims made in UK newspapers. The results suggest that newspapers have a lot of misleading information.

The vast majority of these claims were only supported by evidence categorised as “insufficient” (62% under the WCRF system). After that, 10% were “possible”, 12% were “probable”, and in only 15% was the evidence “convincing”. Fewer low quality claims (“insufficient” or “possible”) were made in broadsheet newspapers, but there wasn’t much in it.

Ben describes his research here.

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