Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Scientific data underpin our decisions about health. They’re used by the public to make lifestyle and buying choices; by doctors to diagnose and treat patients; by government officials to formulate policy; by industry to create and refine services, and to make health claims about those services; and by insurers to decide what diseases and treatments are covered. And that’s only a portion of the ways the results of scientific research touch and affect our everyday lives.
The key link between research and these consumers is the media. Professional ...