آكاديميون يحذرون من المقالات "الصحية" المضللة

مصدر الصورة BBC World Service

Hello! Welcome to BBC Xtra English.

In the programme today, Dan joined Reda to talk about how science is reported, and whether some of the scientific stories we hear about might in fact be misleading.

There are lots of stories every day in the British news about science and health, and a number of academics say that these types of articles can be misleading.

Well, there are lots of stories which tell you what products are bad for you, or how you can improve your health. But often these can be very contradictory.

There’s one newspaper in the UK that famously seems to have an article about cancer every day of the week.

Almost each day they name a new product that will apparently cause or prevent cancer. For example, they've had several articles about how aspirin can cause cancer, and also a number of articles about how aspirin can prevent cancer.

We hear Dr Ben Goldacre in a BBC report say that he feels this means for the people reading the articles.

He says it can be very disempowering and damaging to the people.

People say that doctors and scientists are constantly changing their minds about what you need to do to have a healthy lifestyle.

The articles which are written for the papers do not reflect the consensus of doctors and academics.

Some scientists would like to see tighter control over scientific reporting, but others have a different view.

The editor of the Lancet medical journal, Richard Horton, says that because science is a constantly evolving process, we should not 'shut the door' to discussing different theories in the media.

What we should do, is encourage discussions and improve the quality of the reporting, because it all adds to our cumulativeknowledge of the subject.

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But what do you think at home? Should there be tighter controls over scientific reporting? Should writers from a non-scientific background report on health and science matters? And what are some of the oddest health reports that you've heard?

ما هو رأيكم؟ هل توافقون على تشديد الرقابة على نغطية الأخبار العلمية؟ هل تؤيدون أن يسمح فقط للصحفيين ذوي الخلفيات العلمية بتغطية الموضوعات الصحية والعلمية؟ وما هي أغرب الأخبار الصحية التي صادفتكم؟

Academics: آكاديميون

Misleading: مضلل

Contradictory: متضارب

Prevent: يمنع - يقي

Disempowering: يُِعَطِل القدرة على التصرف

Damaging: مُضِـر

Consensus: توافق

Constantly evolving process: عملية متطورة باستمرار

Cumulative knowledge: تراكم معارفي

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