Bad science: Don't rush to blame journalists

Bad science: Don't rush to blame journalists
Ibuprofen story shows how research can be hyped up. Pic: Getty

Research suggests that behind many misleading news reports is a misleading press release, normally part-written, or at least approved, by the scientists themselves

The reporting of science studies can be very controversial. Often research is hyped up. For example, last week many news outlets reported that if expectant mothers take of ibuprofen during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy it may lead to a reduction in the number of eggs stored in their daughters' ovaries.

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