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Archive for June 6th, 2010

Friends, we cannot live without them and then sometimes into our life there comes a special friend , without even searching , suddenly they are there. I am very lucky to have such a friend.

Fingers crossed across the Ocean for the days ahead and may they be smooth with only gentle waves.

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Fox News Posts Story Making Preposterous Claim About Breast Cancer

By: Gary Schwitzer
| June 04, 2010

We’ve seen a lot of bad health news stories, but this is one of the worst:

Fox News posted a story under the headline, “U.S.-Developed Vaccine ‘Could Eliminate’ Breast Cancer.”

The story states the vaccine “could prevent breast cancer and save the lives of millions of women.”

Then it goes on to explain this was an experiment in six mice. SIX MICE!

Shame on them.

Many other news organizations are jumping on the six-mouse-story.

CNN.

KMGH-TV Denver says “Vaccine May Cure Breast Cancer.”

A USA Today blog cites a Cleveland TV report under its headline “possible vaccine to prevent breast cancer.”

To talk about cures and prevention after an experiment in six mice is not sound health journalism. Such stories can be covered but should include early, clear, and frequent caveats about the limitations of drawing any conclusions from animal research, much less in six mice.
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UPDATE: I have since discovered they used fifty mice in their study Fox could not even get this right.

Maybe they were thinking of the fairy tale ‘Cinderella’ at the time .

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