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,