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How many times in the COVID pandemic have we heard of this is a “Game-changer”. This paper looks at how MS treatments are over-egged in described in the mediIn MS publications

Background: Superlatives are exaggerative terms that may not accurately portray a treatment’s effectiveness, safety, or availability.

Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of superlatives in news articles describing multiple sclerosis treatments.

Methods: We searched Google News for 11 prespecified superlative terms describing multiple sclerosis therapies in online news articles.

The superlatives used included: “cure,” “miracle,” “game-changing,” “breakthrough,” “life-saving,” “life-changing,” “revolutionary,” “groundbreaking,” “transformative,” “home run,” and “marvel”.

Results: We found that news articles commonly describe non-FDA approved multiple sclerosis therapies with superlative terms without providing clinical evidence or attribution. Additionally, no articles were published on a HONcode certified webpage.

The Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode)

Conclusion: It is important that healthcare professionals are aware of medical misinformation presented to the public.

213 individual articles covered MS therapies. Of these 213 articles, 52 articles con-tained a superlative term used in an exaggerative manner to describe an MS treatment (52/213, 24.4%). They say “Changing how non-scientific journalists report is an insurmountable task. However, an alternative and more plausible method to improve the quality of health-related information would be for readers to filter particular articles through HONcode certification”.

How do you decide if the information is trustworthy,? Whilst you may rely on lists such a list would say believe every thing in PeNAs and Science and Nature, but I know alot of stuff cann ot be reproduced. The the best way to have an idea what is correct is to educate yourself against exaggerated claims. I am a cynical old goat because I have been reading stuff for years, but when you see cure in a media report..the easiest way is don’t believe it,

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  • Try counting the number of times today that you hear, in the course of reports, or even routine conversation, the adjectives, ‘incredibly’ and ‘absolutely’.

    Your point is very well made.

    These lazy excesses represent an accumulation of meaningless rubbish in our use of language?

  • The way I work out if something is trustworthy is I wait for your opinion, Dr Mouse.

    I’m still waiting for LifNano to cure me.

  • Greatest advice!
    Essential for the Multiple Sclerosis Guide to DisInformation!
    The more Emotion we Feel about a condition or disease,
    Media can Dramatize more.
    When disease hits young celebrities, Dramatic Headlines
    Sell Newspapers, Magazines air time.
    Maybe need a module on reliable sources of research and how to decipher B and T cells, Myelin, disease variation. Your Research language has become way too hard to relate to. What it boils down to is You still don’t know. That’s the best lesson to learn. It makes all the quackery as meaningless as it is.
    Maybe then your mother won’t call you because the gossip paper said grapefruit juice is the cure.

  • My favorite miracle cure is is the mice cured of “insert disease” by eating “anything at this stage”. At this stage I’m wondering if its the mice that we should be eating rather than pomegranate or soy sauce.

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