Source: NPR

A study from the journal PLOS One finds that no more than half of medical breakthroughs reported by media actually turn out to be useful, or confirmed, in follow-up studies.

Less than half of the 156 primary studies examined by the report were later supported by further analysis. In fact, 51.3% of those primary studies were never actually confirmed with corresponding meta-analyses.

Unfortunately, unconfirmed studies will rarely reach the eyes of readers as frequently as “new findings” in medical studies.

“Journalists preferentially cover initial findings although they are often contradicted by meta-analyses and rarely inform the public when they are disconfirmed,” the report concluded.

Read full story at: NPR

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Most Medical Breakthroughs Will Not Stand the Test of Time, Says New Report

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