UNT Doctors May or May Not Know Something New About Osteopathic Treatments and Pregnancy

Putting aside that Reuters doesn’t know the difference between the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and something it calls the “University of Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth,” their article about how osteopathic techniques “may” lessen back pain for pregnant women points out one of the difficulties when we in the news media try to report on the latest medical or scientific studies.  Buried inside the piece:

Over the course of the study, women in the osteopathic group reported improved back pain and related symptoms, Licciardone noted in an email to Reuters Health. The sham ultrasound group reported no pain improvement and those in the standard care group reported increased pain. However, none of these differences were statistically significant.

Let me repeat: None of these differences were statistically significant.

Translation: We don’t really know anything new yet.

Science moves way more slowly than the news cycle.

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