Letters Bad reporting on health research

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

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h144 (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h144
  1. Miguel Farias, reader in cognitive and biological psychology1
  1. 1Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
  1. miguel.farias{at}coventry.ac.uk

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 …

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