From exaggeration to silence in health related science news and academic press releases: mindful bias?

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    Abstract

    There is another side to Sumner and colleagues’ evidence on the exaggeration of results in health related science news and academic press releases: the silence surrounding contradictory evidence.1 A notable case is that of mindfulness meditation. A practice that a few decades ago was hippie is now hip—it has made its way into the NHS, schools, and parliament, and a multitude ofscientists are churning out new studies on its health merits
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBMJ
    Volume350
    Issue numberArticle number h144
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

    Bibliographical note

    This letter is in BMJ which is an open access journal and can be read at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h144

    Keywords

    • clinical trial (topic)
    • cognitive therapy
    • correlation analysis
    • depression
    • human
    • information dissemination
    • information processing
    • information processing bias
    • Letter
    • mass medium
    • medical information
    • medical research
    • meditation
    • treatment outcome

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