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Coffee Good, Reporting Not So Much

Coffee MakerOne of big news items yesterday was a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine stating the coffee habit wasn't going to prematurely kill your average coffee drinker. Good news, to be sure. But how much can we trust the information?

I've been long skeptical of news reports on medical studies. The information typically comes out of a press release from the study authors with no independent scrutiny, but you're almost never told this. If the topic is something I'm interested in, I like to do a little digging.

Here's a sample of some of the Canadian Internet news coverage:
CBC: Coffee drinking not harmful and may help against heart disease: study Coffee not a killer - and may protect women: study Coffee not a killer - and may protect women: study (Yup, same article as

The article is better than CBC's. CBC's is actually a little bizarre. They chose to highlight "No cancer correlation" in a sub-heading and followed up with precisely one line of text on the topic. It's not the way I was taught to organize with headings.

I thought one of the more interesting bits of information was caffeine not being a factor. Both "leaded" and "unleaded" coffee gave the same results. Given it's a key consumption choice I thought it odd the fact was buried or not mentioned in most reporting.

In spite of my wariness of press releases, the one for this study actually has the best presentation of the information:

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