Popular claim that “100% cancer cure” will be available next year is unsupported and misleading

CLAIM
"Israeli scientists have developed a cure for cancer, which is 100% effective and coming by 2020"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Natural Healing Magazine

Published: 26 Apr 2019

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Marijuana has significant health risks, contrary to claims by Internet meme

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"Marijuana is non-addictive, cures cancer, and grows brain cells"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Truth Teller

Published: 25 Apr 2019

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Omega-6 fatty acids in tilapia do not increase risk for Alzheimer’s, contrary to popular claim

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"Tilapia are chock full of Omega-6 fatty acids – which increase your risk for Alzheimer’s!"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Life is Beautiful

Published: 19 Apr 2019

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Genetic study shows moderate alcohol intake not protective but increases stroke risk

CLAIM
"Previous claims that one or two drinks a day might protect against stroke are not true"

SOURCE: Kate Kelland, Reuters

Published: 12 Apr 2019

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News article accurately reports negative impact of marijuana on teens’ intellectual development

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"Marijuana could be making teens less intelligent"

SOURCE: Marcelino Benito, KHOU

Published: 15 Mar 2019

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E-cigarettes are less dangerous than smoking, but they are not harmless; long-term health effects remain debated

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"While e-cigarettes may have milder effects on the lungs, they are just as bad - if not worse - for the cardiovascular system"

SOURCE: Natalie Rahhal, Daily Mail

Published: 12 Mar 2019

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Misleading article claiming “flu shots spread the flu” treats opinion as fact

CLAIM
"Flu shots spread the flu"

SOURCE: Vicki Batts, Natural News

Published: 05 Mar 2019

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Article claiming flu vaccine causes serious illness and death is misleading and inaccurate

CLAIM
"Formerly healthy people are suffering serious harm or even dying from taking the flu shot"

SOURCE: Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News

Published: 28 Feb 2019

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Jerusalem Post article makes premature claim on “first complete cure for cancer”, overstates research significance

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"We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer."

SOURCE: Dan Aridor, The Jerusalem Post

Published: 11 Feb 2019

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2018’s most popular health article wrongly claims that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol

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"Federal study finds marijuana a hundred times less toxic than alcohol, safer than tobacco"

SOURCE: John Regan, urhealthguide

Published: 20 Dec 2018

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