Coffee News (and Another Example of Bad Science Reporting)
First comes the spiffy headline via the BBC: Regular coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries
Hooray! he thought, between sips of strong, black Colombian…
But then, actually reading the article:
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries – a known risk factor for heart disease – Korean researchers believe.
“May”? “Believe”? That’s not what the headline said!
Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer some heart protection.
But there is no conclusive evidence either way, and the latest research from South Korea, which is published in the journal Heart, only adds to the discussion.
Victoria Taylor of the British Heart Foundation said: "While this study does highlight a potential link between coffee consumption and lower risk of developing clogged arteries, more research is needed to confirm these findings and understand what the reason is for the association.
No conclusive evidence? The discussion is added to? A potential link?
Sometimes I think that the biggest problem facing the world of information sharing is headline writers.
Reminds me of this cartoon: