Saturday, January 30, 2010

Reading about Health and Science

Sometimes a health or science story comes up in the news that catches people's interest.  Here is some simple advice:

go find the original publication or read the abstract on PubMed( 

Often a journalist will pick up on one aspect of a study and not mention other aspects, or limitations, or may misinterpret the conclusions of the study authors.  So take a look at the original yourself.  Peer-reviewed articles published in highly-ranked journals put out quality work.  Getting through peer-review is a rigorous process as exemplified in this video Scientific Peer Review ca. 1945.

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