Cure for the common cold? Media misleads consumers again
If there is one thing local health blogger Gary Schwitzer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism hates, it's the media's press coverage of medical "cures". It really makes his blood boil and rightfully so.
documents two news headlines meant to grab hopeful readers. While there has been some major research to decode the strains of the common cold, no "cure" or sorts has actually been developed.
Curing the common cold, one of medicine's most elusive goals, may now be in the realm of the possible.
Researchers said Thursday that they had decoded the genomes of the 99 strains of common cold virus and developed a catalog of its vulnerabilities.
HealthDay's lede is even worse: Today's medical breakthrough: a cure for the common cold.
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