Medical tests promoted in media with no mention of potential harm, Australian study finds

Stories all reported potential benefits of tests, some using smartphone or watch, but 60% failed to mention limitations

Medical tests often offered through smartphones and watches and designed to detect the early signs of disease are being promoted by media without mention of their potential harms, an Australian study published in the leading US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Bond University in Queensland analysed 1,173 news stories from between 2016 and 2019 from newspapers, blogs, magazines, broadcast and podcast transcripts, and wire news services.

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