Here's an interesting study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which finds that 25 percent of medical studies cited by journalists are never published in medical journals, while another 25% are published in "low-impact" journals. In other words, half of the medical scares and "breakthroughs" reported by the news media don't have sound scientific backing.
Journalists favoring hype over facts. Shocking.
Posted by Woodlief on June 06, 2002 at 03:32 PM