The story “Ditch pills to beat heart disease” was published on the front page of Daily Express this week. It builds on the statements of doctor Aseem Malhotra and his controversial book, the Pioppi Diet and seems to have no basis in science what-so-ever. The article not only offers health advice that runs contrary to medical consensus, it actively encourages sufferers of cardiovascular disease to stop taking their medication.
The Independent’s Facebook page has unleashed an unparalleled barrage of poor science reporting from the paper’s history onto its followers. The common thread of these articles is their sensational, attention-grabbing headlines and the poor understanding and interpretation of the studies at the heart of the reports. We take a look at three science reports shared in a recent 24 hour period.
In what represents a major breakthrough in infertility treatment, reproductive biologist Evelyn Telfer and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh have finally completed the development of a human egg outside the human body for the first time, it was announced in January. The development represents the first step it what may be a major victory for both infertile couples and women who have suffered illnesses such as cancer in prepubescence, looking to have children.