Here's a few examples from recent weeks: in all cases, these news items were prefixed with 'recent research has shown that...'
Kids who spend a lot of time watching TV and playing video games have a greater risk of obesity
Parents should monitor their children's web use
The current financial crisis could force poorer families to accept an inadequate diet
People who store personal data on their mobile phones are more prone to identity theft
And there are many more I've forgotten. But, as Pink Floyd would have it 'every day the paper boy brings more...'
My point is, erm, duh? I mean isn't the above as clear as day? Does it really have to be subject of actual research? And more importantly, who the hell conducts this research, how much are they paid and where do I sign up for it because it sounds like a really easy gig!