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Good reminders for how to read health news

Good reminders for how to read health news

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I just read a pretty good article in ("Information on conditions and treatments from the world's largest medical library. Find out what works."). It's called, . Pretty basic stuff, true, but for the health news reading public, also pretty good.

Questions to ask include:

  • Does the article support its claims with scientific research?
  • Is the article based on a conference abstract?
  • Was the research in humans?
  • How many people did the research study include?
  • Did the study have a control group?
  • Did the study actually assess what’s in the headline?
  • Who paid for and conducted the study?

PubMed Health has a nice section called "Behind the Headlines: Fact or Fiction? Your guide to the science behind health stories in the news," as well as review articles, and information on clinical effectiveness research. Recommended!

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I love PubMed! It has a wealth of information and it is easily accessible..The only thing I wish it had was access to full-text articles. Often the abstracts are way too short or even non-existent. Of course the journals would lose money if PubMed gave out full-text articles, but a girl can wish, can't she?

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