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What does it all mean?

It is easy to be completely overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the internet and in various publications. The media is also very good at hyping up the latest medical claim, from the Lightning Process to XMRV.

Bear in mind that journalists usually just report on new claims and newly published research studies and often don’t refer to other evidence or studies that may have shown different results.

Positive or interesting results need to be repeated by independent researchers to verify results. In practice it can take many years before ‘breakthroughs’ have an impact on patient care.

If you read an article and think ‘fantastic, this is it’, ask yourself some critical questions before you get carried away by hope.