Category: Correlation Causation

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Claims of causality in health news: a randomised trial

Overview In collaboration with nine UK press offices, we ran a randomised controlled trial in which the ‘participants’ were press releases (N = 312) distributed to international media outlets over a 20-month period from September 2016 to May 2017. To operationalise evidence strength, we concentrated on the basic distinction between correlational and experimental types of evidence, a keystone for assessing the ability...

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Press Release: Mobidiag Announces CE-IVD Marking of Amplidiag™ Bacterial GE for Fast and Accurate PCR-Based Diagnostics of Gastroenteritis

Test optimizes screening of gastroenteritis-causing bacteria directly from stool samples Espoo, Finland – Sept. 23, 2014 – Mobidiag Ltd, a Finnish molecular diagnostics company specialized in the development of innovative diagnostics solutions for infectious diseases, today announced the European launch of Amplidiag™ Bacterial GE, marketed as a CE-IVD product under the Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostic medical devices. CE...

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Exaggerations and Caveats in Press Releases and Health-Related Science News

Abstract Background Exaggerated or simplistic news is often blamed for adversely influencing public health. However, recent findings suggested many exaggerations were already present in university press releases, which scientists approve. Surprisingly, these exaggerations were not associated with more news coverage. Here we test whether these two controversial results also arise in press releases from prominent science and medical journals. We...

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