Monday, January 2, 2012

Strange Health News from 2011

One of the blogs that I read regularly is NHS Choices Behind the headlines which analysis various science stories in the news and points out what the research actually says, not what the journalists or press release think it says.

In a good post today they have identified some of the weirdest health stories from last year.   Strangest health news stories of 2011 for example in the "Just Plain Wrong" category:

Sweets are good for kids. Again, there were excited headlines about a 24-hour long study of children’s diets that found that kids who ate sweets (during a single day) were less likely to be overweight. There are huge problems with jumping to this conclusion from this flawed study, not least that it ignores all previous data on the effects of sweets on kids’ teeth.