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"Vitamin B can help protect vision, study finds"

Toronto Star

Source: Toronto Star

Published: 24 Feb 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (3½ stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Taking B vitamins can prevent a common type of vision loss in older women, according to the first rigorous study of its kind. It's a slight redemption for vitamin supplements, which have suffered recent blows from research finding them powerless at preventing disease.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people 65 and older. More than one-third of Canadians between 55 and 74 develop AMD, according to

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how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 6 of 9
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of harms of treatment Not Applicable

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This report included some important elements of a news story- for example, the use of absolute numbers to quantify the benefits of this treatment and the fact that the study results were noted as being somewhat preliminary in nature.

It would have been helpful to provide information on the recommended daily dose of Vitamin B and provide additional details on the potential risks associated with an over-consumption of this product. In addition, knowing how this vitamin-based treatment fares against others treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) (i.e. laser therapy) might have been useful information for newsprint readers.

In general, the story was well balanced in examining the potential impacts of this treatment and the need for further research.

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