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Improving reporting on medical studies

"It is possible for good health journalists to provide spectacular stories on health," said David Henry, CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. 

During the afternoon panel on "Statistics, Conclusions, Limitations: Reporting on Medical Studies" at the annual Association of Health Care Journalists meeting in Seattle both Henry and moderator Gary Schwitzer, concurred that most health and medical reporting is inaccurate, imbalanced and incomplete. "After three years and 750 stories reviewed there is still a ‘kid-in-the-candy-store projection of health' in most health news,"Schwitzer said shortly before he launched into a dissection of several news stories.  

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