Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading about new research findings to help us make sense of our lifestyle choices. But not all research is equal, and not every research finding should be interpreted in the same way. Nor do all media headlines reflect what was actually studied or found. So how can you tell? Keep these five questions in mind when you’re reading media stories about new studies. 1. Peer review is a process by which a study is checked by experts in the discipline to assess the study’s scientific validity. This process involves the researcher writing up their study methods and results, and sending this to a journal. If there are major flaws in a study, it’s either rejected for publication, or the researchers are made to address these flaws. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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