How the press got it wrong on diabetes test strips


TRANSLATING complex medical messages for the lay audience is a tough gig. Sometimes the journalist doesn’t quite understand the concept, or they do but know their readers won’t, or they are spooked by their editor who wanted an attention-grabbing opening paragraph ten minutes ago.

Entertainingly, this can result in some ripper headlines: I collect them. “Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off after 25” and “Computer virus spreads to humans!” are favourites,