Superlative use within news articles relating to therapies for multiple sclerosis

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Background: Superlatives are exaggerative terms that may not accurately portray a treatment's effectiveness, safety, or availability. 

Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of superlatives in news articles describing multiple sclerosis treatments. 

Methods: We searched Google News for 11 prespecified superlative terms describing multiple sclerosis therapies in online news articles. 

Results: We found that news articles commonly describe non-FDA approved multiple sclerosis therapies with superlative terms without providing clinical evidence or attribution. Additionally, no articles were published on a HONcode certified webpage. 

Conclusion: It is important that healthcare professionals are aware of medical misinformation presented to the public.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102736
JournalMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
StatePublished - Apr 2021


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