If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed several 140-character conniptions I had last week over coverage of a Danish study that used antibiotics to treat low back pain.
I generally feel pretty protective of health reporters. I’m in the trenches with you. I have good days and bad days, too. Deadline reporting on medical studies is tough and sometimes undervalued for the work serious, balanced coverage requires. I’m with you.
Even so, I was dismayed by most of the stories I was reading.
Reporters were trumpeting the results of two studies published in the European Spine Journal, a less influential medical journal. Continue reading