Resveratrol Redux, Or: Should I Just Stop Writing About Health?

The science of health is so, so confusing, I almost wonder if it wouldn’t be better for journalists to stop writing about health altogether. Or at least to dramatically change the way we do it.

Take one of the biggest health stories of the last decade: resveratrol, a compound found in certain red wines that has been shown to extend lifespan and/or curb disease in yeast, fruit flies, fish, worms, and mice.

Searching the New York Times archives for “resveratrol” gets you 156 items. Here’s a sampling of the headlines:

August 2003: Life-Extending Chemical Is Found in Certain Red Wines

November 2006: Yes, Red Wine Holds Answer. Check Dosage.

January 2011: Doubt on Anti-Aging Molecule as Drug Trial Stops

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