Peter Lipson reported Monday about new research suggesting that Multiple Sclerosis may be caused by venous blockage. He correctly characterized some of the hype surrounding this story as â€śirrational exuberance.â€ť
This is a phenomenon all too common in the media â€“ taking the preliminary research of an individual or group (always presented as a maverick) and declaring it a â€śstunning breakthrough,â€ť combined with the ubiquitous personal anecdote of someone â€śsavedâ€ť by the new treatment.
The medical community, meanwhile, responds with appropriate caution and healthy skepticism. Looks interesting â€“ letâ€™s see some more research. There is a reason for such a response from experts â€“ experience. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Science-Based Medicine*