As consumers of medical news, how can we know whether the article we just read is based on solid science or is just an ill-informed attempt to grab readers? Professor Roy Benaroch of Emory University School of Medicine provides just the direction we need in The Skeptics Guide to Health, Medicine, and the Media. In 24 fascinating lectures that address the most important health issues of our day – heart health, obesity, longevity, the opioid crisis, the stigma of mental illness, alternative medicine approaches, toxins in the environment, and more – Dr. Benaroch tells us how to recognize the good reporting and the bad.
With his guidance, youll create a Skeptics Toolkit, asking the questions that take you past the headlines and beyond the way health news is typically reported. Youll learn six specific questions to always keep in mind as you read any article in print or online: Whats the source of the article? Is the evidence presented strong enough to be valuable? Is someone trying to sell me something? Is this study about people like me, and are the factors theyre measuring in the study important to me? Does the report present a viewpoint from scientists not directly involved in the study? And is the story itself sensible, fitting in with what we already know? Armed with these questions, youll be able to find valuable information to help inform your own health care decisions, without falling prey to snappy-sounding articles that have no basis in solid science.
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Narrator: Roy Benaroch
Duration: 12 hours 23 minutes
Released: 19 Jan 2002
Publisher: The Great Courses