Well, my public shaming seems to have worked. The Yale Daily News has updated the erroneous story it published last week indicating that a cure for Parkinson’s disease had been found. Here’s what the correction says:
A previous version of this article used a quote from one of the study’s lead authors stating that an alternative cure for Parkinson’s had been found. In fact, the results are only preliminary, and a cure for the disease has not yet been discovered.
Let’s hope that Levent Mutlo, the post-doc who made the cure claim, has learned to align his brain with his mouth, and that author of the article George Saussy, will show at least some skepticism the next time someone says something that is too good to be true.
Some people with Parkinson’s are desperate to find a cure for the degenerative neurological disease. That’s what makes stories like one published in the Yale Daily News especially worrisome because it provides them with a false sense of hope. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the media has over-hyped a research study and won’t be the last.