A commenter took me to task because although the study showed a statistical association between oral sex and throat cancer, it did not prove causation. And of course, they were quite right. However, the purpose of MicrobiologyBytes is to promote interest in microbiology, and to do that in the cacophony which is the internet, the site needs to attract attention. I thought very carefully before choosing that title, and it may be that many people agree with the commenter's viewpoint that the title is too sensational.
Did I cross the line?
I don't think so. MicrobiologyBytes is not trying to be a scientific journal, but I always link to the original research findings I am discussing so readers can make up their own minds. I frequently read stories in the media I would be interested in discussing, but for one reason or another I can't access the original research, so I don't discuss them. If because of the title one person read the article who would not otherwise have done so, or one person became aware of the oncogenic potential of human papillomaviruses, or a single person developed an interest in microbiology as a result, I feel fully justified.