The BMJ just published a study that finds that hype in health news headlines is heavily associated with exaggerated press releases.
For some prime examples of this hype, here are six health headlines from 2014 that really needed to calm down and take a step back.
1. The headline: Your Butt Is A Hero: Scientists Say Smelling Farts Might Cure Cancer
3. The headline: 'Men Are Idiots', New Study Says
4. The headline: Running Just 5 Minutes A Day Could Add Years To Your Life
5. The headline: G-spot doesn't exist, and neither do vaginal orgasms
6. The headline: You can lose weight, just by breathing
*Obligatory and probably obvious disclaimer: In my years working as a health-related journalist and writer for numerous publications, I've absolutely been guilty of committing many similar offenses. But I'm doing what I can to be better, and that starts with not overhyping science findings. Cool!
And hey — if you don't want to be fooled by over-hyped health journalism again, read 11 Ways To Sniff Out Clickbait Health Journalism.
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