Health Scientists have found an overlap between people who believe in fake news and religious fundamentalists, dogmatic people and those who harbor deluded ideas. Psychologists hope their findings can be used to battle the spread of false information online. Often ambiguously used by President Donald Trump to attack legitimate news organizations, “fake news” is a contentious phrase, and its definition can vary greatly depending on its user. Last week, the British government went so far as to ban the term in official documents, after describing it as “poorly defined and misleading." Researchers at Yale investigated what sort of person is most likely to believe fake news. Getty Images Read more: New intelligence test that only takes 10 minutes created by psychologists In the study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, fake news was defined as fabricated news stories presented as being from legitimate … [Read more...] about Psychologists Discover Deluded People and Religious Fundamentalists More Likely to Believe Fake News
August 14, 2018Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce Sometimes the most obvious questions are the most important; such as, is a news release newsworthy? I don’t think these three news releases, all published on the same day last week, even come close to qualifying: Enrollment Passes Halfway Milestone in Clinical Trial Evaluating the Effect of an Exclusive Human Milk Diet Including a Specialty Fortifier in Term Infants Born with Single Ventricle Congenital Heart Defects VolitionRx Limited Announces Completion of Sample Collection in Endometriosis Study BeiGene Initiates New Phase 3 Trial of Anti-PD-1 Antibody Tislelizumab Combined with Chemotherapy as First-line Treatment for Patients with Advanced Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in China Of concern is what I highlighted in red — essentially headlines about biomedical companies starting a study or marking a milestone. Take note: There’s no completed study. No data. … [Read more...] about The art of the non-news release: News you can’t use
July 3, 2018Mary Chris Jaklevic is a reporter-editor at HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @mcjaklevic. We’ve written about how news releases that oversell medical research pollute the stream of public information by spawning news stories that echo hype. Now there’s an effort underway in the UK to reduce the contamination at its source. Launching this month is a labeling system for news releases to help journalists assess how robust research findings are and how relevant they are to patients. It’s hoped the voluntary labels will curb reporting of exaggerated claims and draw more attention to caveats. It was created by the UK’s Science Media Centre (SMC), which disseminates scientific data to the news media. Although some organizations already include such information, the labeling “brings added value in that it puts these words very clearly at the top,” allowing busy journalists to see the information at a glance, SMC Chief Executive Fiona Fox … [Read more...] about News release labeling system launches in the UK: Will it help cleanse the polluted stream of media messaging?
Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE As devastating stories about the migrant children separated from their parents continue to pour into our newsfeeds, many of us are horrified, yet unable to look away from it all. I’m typing this I have the TV news on and my social media tabs open. I’m half-writing and half-reading about President Donald Trump’s executive order to end his policy of separating families at the border, while out of the corner of my eye I’m watching Twitter and Facebook light up with notifications. Wading through the flood of headlines, I feel overwhelmed and powerless — not unlike some of the clients that Julie Barthels, a licensed clinical social worker and co-author of “Resilience Revolution: A Workbook for Staying Sane in an Insane World,” has been seeing lately. “The last few days I’ve had [sessions] with people struggling with what is going on in our country,” Barthels tells NBC News BETTER. … [Read more...] about ‘Headline disorder’: How to cope with the anxiety caused by the 24/7 news cycle
Martin Crutsinger, Ap Economics Writer Updated 6:30 am, Monday, April 30, 2018 Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, shoppers walk past the Victoria's Secret store on Broadway in the Soho neighborhood of New York. On Monday, April 30, the Commerce Department issues its March report on consumer spending. less FILE- In this April 4, 2018, file photo, shoppers walk past the Victoria's Secret store on Broadway in the Soho neighborhood of New York. On Monday, April 30, the Commerce Department issues its March report on ... more Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP US consumer spending rebounded 0.4 percent in March 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted their spending by 0.4 percent in March, the best showing in three months. Meanwhile, a key … [Read more...] about US consumer spending rebounded 0.4 percent in March