- By: Read all about it, Matthew Billingsley
Is it just me or is there too much news about? Every day we are bombarded with latest health claims about lifestyle choices that are either dangerous or beneficial. It’s hard to know what to believe. There’s even a website called Kill or Cure? (http://kill-or-cure.herokuapp.com/) which documents all of the things in life that the Daily Mail claims either to cause or prevent cancer. The list is astonishing. A couple of months ago I was talking to medical students in Bristol who said that they are often faced with questions from patients, relatives, and even flatmates about the latest health claims in the media and that they often don’t know how to respond. Anna Sayburn’s article (doi:10.1136/sbmj.g6275) “Behind the medical headlines” gives a great overview of how research becomes headlines in the first place and what you should look out for when confronted with a new health claim.