Another Coffee Perk? Reduced Risk of MS

Article Summary

This article was written by Sara G. Miller and was published on March 3, 2016. It was published by livescience. It summarizes the idea that drinking coffee leads to a reduced risk of MS in the future. It also stated there were studies done that showed an association between drinking lots of coffee and a lower risk of MS. Even though these studies were done, she cautioned that more studies needed to be done. Sara also explained the effects and pathophysiology of MS, which I think is great. Not everyone knows the effects of MS on the body. She ends the article stating that coffee has shown many health benefits such as a lower risk of heart attack and improved liver health in previous years.

Article Critique

There are many indicators that this article may not be 100% reliable. One of the indicators is the ending of the website which is .com. Many of the sites that end in this are not credible. For example, anyone can go onto Wikipedia and put whatever they wish on the site. Another indicator is the writer. We don't know much about her, except for she graduated from Hamilton College and studied biology. This isn't necessarily enough information to prove she is credible. The article is also a little misleading due to the fact that she states there needs to be more studies done. This makes me draw a conclusion that maybe coffee doesn't actually prevent MS. Livescience is also one of the biggest sites on the Internet. If I were to make changes to the article, I would organize it in a better way. The article isn't subdivided into categories. I would make one section for the studies that have been done, one section for the explanation of MS, and another section for an introduction and conclusion. I could find more valid information by searching google scholar on google and then looking at articles or books from there. The article was interesting to read, but I think it could be written more concisely. To make it more credible and proper, the font could be changed an the twitter and facebook advertisements on the side could be removed. Although, the date it was written does make the article more credible.

Emily Kaufman