In Bad Science and in the British Medical Journal, Ben Goldacre discusses a recent BMJ study that found a strong tendency for abstracts and press releases from universities to exaggerate study findings, which were in turn reported incorrectly by journalists. Gary Schwitzer also weighs in on HealthNewsReview.org.
My BMJ editorial: how can we stop academic press releases misleading the public? (Bad Science, December 10, 2014)
Exaggeration in health science news releases – and what we’re going to do about it (HealthNewsReview.org, December 9, 2014)