Mice Are Not People: Fighting Spin in Medical Science

July 2, 2019

(CBC) – Exaggerating animal research is just one aspect of health and science spin. Another common spin technique involves using “causal” language when the study isn’t able to prove cause. Other signs of spin? Omitting the report of adverse events or dangerous side effects, or implying that a single patient experience can be generalized to a wider group. Essentially, spin in medical science is “an exaggeration of the benefit of the treatment, a way to distort results toward people thinking it’s more beneficial than is actually shown by the results,” explained Isabelle Boutron, a professor of epidemiology at Paris Descartes University who has been studying spin for a decade.

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