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News and Current Issues in Health
Recognizing Health Misinformation
There is a lot of medical and health misinformation on the internet. Some of this information may come from a place of extreme bias, is created to fuel a controversy, or is unintentionally misleading. The links below provide resources for checking if information is a hoax and questions to ask when judging whether or not a resource is reliable.
Evaluating Health Information
Resources from MedlinePlus on evaluating health information found online.
Evaluating Health Websites
Questions from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to ask yourself when evaluating online health information.
FactCheck.org’s SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Snopes bills itself as the "definitive fact-checking site and reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation". The Medical section lists health-related fact checks, and articles include a verdict on the validity of a claim along with supporting information.
Misinformation & Pseudoscience