Something new is happening in the parenting media now. Greater nuance. You learn of a children’s health study and then are told how to interpret the results including reasons why you should be cautious about the results. There’s more of an emphasis on the study limitations. In the past this nuance was relatively rare save the traditional caveat about a correlational study not proving cause, or maybe an expert telling why the study isn’t quite as good as readers might think.
Now in the better news sources I’m seeing a regular stream of reasons why you shouldn’t get too excited about a study. For instance, maybe the research only addressed a certain population or situation. Or surveyed a small number of subjects over a short time frame.
In the past couple months, I’ve come across studies in the news that the experts have all but told us to forget. How unusual. In these cases sources cited so many reasons the results might be unreliable, a parent could not have missed all the nuance.