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Understanding Medical Research

September 19, 2007

Today’s post at Our Bodies, Ourselves addresses some points to keep in mind when reading medical research or reports of the same. An excerpt:

Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine includes a lengthy piece, “Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy?” which uses changing views of hormone replacement therapy as an example of why it can be difficult to make decisions based on medical research.

If you’re still confused about HRT and its risks and benefits (and aren’t we all?), this piece provides a good primer on why the advice on hormone replacement seems to be constantly changing. More than that, though, the article serves as a good starting point for understanding why that news release on breakthrough medicine may not stand the test of time.

How can you make sense of medical research and what it means for your health? Here are some basic tips:

Head on over for the list of tips and some useful web links.

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