Nutrition in the News
A Critique by Illana Olden
The article itself was published by TIME magazine, which is a popular source of publication in which most articles are short, easy to read, have little citations, and are surrounded by numerous advertisements. Although this article was published in TIME magazine, Park quoted the researchers and medical scientists involved in the study multiple times which would allow the information to come across as more reliable. it had a variety of in-text citations from doctors in the field of cardiology and medicine. With this summary of information came many medical terminologies that may be difficult to understand in a health illiterate individual. With that being said, I did notice that with the citations and quotes given, there was no reference page or link to the research study which decreased the credibility of the article. Without any link to the research study, trusting the article can be difficult for some readers because there is no source from which the author was pulling information. Also, the article didn't come off as biased but more honest, without promoting nor demoting the medication it was discussing and only reviewing the information provided by the researchers of this cardiac study. The conclusion of the article established the cancellation of the medication used to treat heart disease along with an explanation of why therefore it did not come off as misleading. With the use of other sources, I was able to find the research this article was written about by using the researcher's name and the name of the study which made it easier to see if there were any missing details that would have been important to include in the article. Here is a link to the presentation I believe is being referenced in the article: http://clinicaltrialresults.org/Slides/Stephen_Nicholls_Evacetrapib.pdf. Overall, this article in particular was unbiased and credible even though there was a lack of references.
Park, A. (2016, April 4). Why Raising 'Good' Cholesterol Doesn't Always Help the Heart. Retrieved from http://time.com/4279691/hdl-cholesterol-drugs-heart/
TIME Media Kit » Alice Park. (2013, November 18). Retrieved from http://www.timemediakit.com/bios/park/
Source Evaluation and Credibility: Journals and Magazines. (2015, December 8). Retrieved from http://library.elmhurst.edu/credibility