Of mice and misleading titles

Written by Heather Jones (Future Science Group)

Missing ‘mice’ from Alzheimer’s study titles

Scientists are calling for more accurate reporting of animal studies, after a study of media coverage of Alzheimer’s disease research conducted using mice has revealed that news outlets are more likely to report on results if authors omit mice from their studies’ titles. The study, published in PLoS Biology, also revealed that the media coverage of studies omitting mice from their titles is also more likely to exclude mice from their headlines.  Study authors, Marcia Triunfol of Humane Society International and Fabio Gouveia of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), reviewed research papers published in 2018 and 2019 in open-access journals indexed in PubMed. Of the 623 papers, 405...

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