The presence of sensational language describing stem cell therapies in news articles: A cross-sectional analysis

Vivian Pham, Madison Slawson, Savannah Nicks, Ryan Ottwell, Benjamin Greiner, Matt Vassar

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Abstract

Aim: News articles and their use of sensational language have the potential to influence health behaviors and decisions, thus the purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of sensational language (i.e., superlatives) describing stem cell therapies in public news articles. Materials & methods: In this study, we conducted a Google News search for news articles using superlatives to exaggerate the efficacy of stem cell therapies. Results: Our analysis included 262 news articles from 193 news outlets using 714 unique superlatives to describe stem cells. Health on the Net's Code of Conduct certification was applied to determine credibility of each site. Conclusion: These results demonstrate the need for improving news reporting surrounding stem cell research and therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-913
Number of pages5
JournalRegenerative Medicine
Volume16
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • media reporting
  • new coverages
  • new media
  • stem cell
  • stem cell therapy
  • superlatives

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