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Is coffee healthy or not: How to know if medical studies are worth your time


Medical study findings have us constantly questioning what we should be drinking, eating and asking our doctor. (Just take a look at the recent news about the Mediterranean diet.) 

First, let’s get one thing straight: “Almost all of the studies about coffee and red wine are association studies,” said Howard Bauchner, editor in chief of the medical journal JAMA and The JAMA Network. For example, research might show people who drink coffee die later than those who don’t, but that doesn’t mean coffee is the fountain of youth — or even the cause of longer life.

But, some studies reveal more convincing evidence. For people struggling with serious diseases, such as cancer, treatments being tested in clinical trials could mean the difference between a longer or shorter life.

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