DENVER- When it comes to your health, it's important to stay up to date on the latest research and advice. Sometimes a medical study will make headlines, but then, just weeks or months later, another study will come to different conclusions.
9Health Reporter Dr. John Torres says to read beyond the medical headlines and determine if a study is reliable, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions:
How many people were involved in the study? - The larger the study is, the better it is.
- How was the study done? - Studies based on a simple questionnaire tend to be inaccurate.
- Was it double-blind? - For example, if a medication was tested, were some participants given a placebo while others were given the actual medication? The participants should not know if they got a placebo or the actual medication.
- Were the results repeated? - Studies with accurate results should be able to be repeated two and three times.
- Who paid for the study? - For example, if the study finds coffee is good for you, but was paid for by the coffee industry, you might to do more research.
As always, Dr. John recommends talking with your doctor before taking advice in any study.
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