Today, I read an article from the Detroit Free Press regarding the egg research controversy and was impressed with the angle this story took. The article briefly examines the controversy surrounding egg research and whether eating them is bad for you but then dives into explaining what makes research valid.
If you haven't seen this article, I definitely recommend reading it now.
The author says, "The most useful thing for the public to remember is to think about how many people are in the study, what ax the researchers may have to grind, and whether it's biased in any way and controlled for confounding factors."
Throughout my research coursework, we have learned specific tactics to ensure that research is valid and accurate but I think this quote can serve as a good reference for everyone to remember as they encounter research data.