“Alcohol Helps Heart Bypass Patients!” – good news or bad reporting?

“Light alcohol consumption was associated with a 25% reduction in additional heart procedures, heart attacks or strokes in a study by Italian researchers, presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago.”

This report was distributed around the world by Reuters*, the venerable U.K.-based news agency. Trouble is, after the health journalism watchdog Health News Review got finished with their assessment of this news reporting, they awarded Reuters a rare score of zero on their six-point quality scale.  For example, their pet peeves:   Continue reading ““Alcohol Helps Heart Bypass Patients!” – good news or bad reporting?”