CCSVI in the Media
The media presents us with a deluge of information, some of which you can read here through our automated news feed specifically about CCSVI and MS.
- If there is a study mentioned, it is one conducted in the laboratory, in animals, or in people?
The results of research in people are later in the research process and more likely to be meaningful for you.
- How many people are being studied?
A small study of 50 people will yield vastly different data from a large, multi-centered study or trial. The larger studies are generally later in the research process, and give the most reliable results.
- Are there people like me in the study?
MS is a complex disease. The different types of MS may respond very differently to treatment.
- If there is a study mentioned, will the results be published in peer-reviewed journals?
- Is the story sensationalized?
No matter how emotionally compelling the story, make sure the facts are getting a fair shake in story.
- Is there more than one perspective addressed in the article?
Fair reporting looks at more than one angle of an issue.
- Does the story contain points of view independent from the mass media?
- Are there inconsistencies among the stories I am reading in the news?
This underscores that topic being discussed is complex. Try to keep an open mind to the different explanations or points of view being offered before coming to conclusions.