What did the study (and the article) claim? Just this: that Transcendental Meditation (TM) was beneficial in the treatment of childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD. The study did almost everything wrong - in fact, if you wanted to illustrate what *not* to do in a clinical study, this one would provide a wealth of examples:
- There were only 10 subjects, too few to make any statistically valid conclusions.
- There was no control group - all 10 subjects (children) were told to try TM techniques. By the way, TM basically consists of sitting and chanting a nonsense word to yourself, over and over.
- The results were based purely on self-reporting by the teachers.
- There was no "blinding" - all the teachers knew what the study was trying to show.
- The students were probably coached in what they were supposed to say.
- The headmaster of the school (all the students were at the same school) is a strong proponent of TM, and is on the board of the foundation that funded the study!
- The "scientist" (sorry, have to put that in quotes) who did the study is also on the board of the foundation that funded it. Yikes!
So here's a big raspberry to Reuters for terrible medical news reporting. They can do better. And a big thumbs-up to Skepticpedi for calling them on it.