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US newspapers favor weaker studies, researchers say

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1099 (Published 24 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1099
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Major US newspapers tend to cover weaker medical research studies, favoring observational studies over randomized controlled trials (RCTs), a new study has found.

The study appeared in the online journal PLoS ONE.1 Senthil Selvaraj of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, was the paper’s lead author.

In the study the researchers compared 75 …

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