Talk:Common cold virus may be linked to childhood obesity

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Title is wrong.Edit

The title is wrong. The news is not about "common cold virus", it's about "human adenovirus 36" (AD36). Common cold is mentioned because catching AD36 and becoming obese is just like catching a common cold, i.e. obesity might be caused by a viral infection rather than a food problem. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 81.200.2.147 (talkcontribs) 05:24, 23 September 2010

Hm. It's my understanding that, in practice, "cold" a.k.a. "common cold" is a somewhat vague mix of symptoms that can be caused by lots of different viruses. AD36 is both a common virus that can cause a cold, and a virus that can cause a common cold. The headline follows usual style by omitting any initial article, "A common cold virus may..." versus "The common cold virus may...", but only one of those works, and if the reader doesn't know the difference they'll learn which is intended from the lede. So I'm don't think the headline is deceptive. Mentioning AD36 in the title would not be usual headline practice, since most readers won't already know what that is; the headline should be maximally accessible to help the widest possible audience judge whether they want to read more.
It's not clear to me, on consideration, that there's a problem. --Pi zero (talk) 15:04, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Also, shouldn't this be 'Childhood obesity may be linked to [whatever] virus', as it is the latter affecting the former rather than the other way around? --86.135.34.79 (talk) 17:53, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

We don't know that. Linked is as far as we can go (and we don't even know that for sure). The new title is neither better nor worse; it is a reiteration of the same thing. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:20, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

add Cat.Edit

{{editprotected}} can u plz add the (Category:Children) to the article .عماد الدين المقدسي (talk) 09:28, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

  Not done No, Wikinews does not have such a category. --SVTCobra 23:00, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

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