Maybe no one else will be so annoyed by this, but sometimes you catch a news headline and you're worried. Tonight I was on msnbc and fox and caught the same story. The thread title was the story title on Fox.
So the story is a CDC study on medicine for kids under 11(or 12 if you believe MSNBC over Fox). It included cough and cold medicine(or also prescription drugs if you believe Fox over MSNBC). The headline on msnbc was "Cold drugs send 7,000 U.S. children to ERs"
Having a two year old of course that's gonna concern me and I'm going to read it. Come to find out, around 2/3 of those 7000 kids were cases where the child took the medicine unsupervised. So shitty parents. Alright so that leaves around 2200 or so kids every year(estimate) that were givin the proper amount and showed an allergic reaction. 90% of which went to the hospital and were released very quickly, just fine and dandy.
So why exactly is this a story and why is the headline "Dangerous Meds"???? Wouldn't that be about the normal percentage of allergic reactions for any age group?
Sorry, just really annoyed the crap out of me they mislead people so horribly(notice I didn't say "surprised me"). But hey they got me to click the link, which is what they wanted. Good work guys.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/elections/2004/charting.html That says Bush by 5. I'm not putting much stock in either of them. Also, Gallup has Kerry up one point. So much for MoveOn's strange ravings.