Flora Teoh

Science Editor

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Washington Post article provides accurate and insightful report on recent spate of vaping-related illnesses

in Washington Post, by Lena H. Sun and Lindsey Bever

— 13 Sep 2019

"At the moment, it is not possible to know if these pulmonary diseases are related to propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine, flavorings, or more likely, synthetic/natural drugs some..

The Atlantic provides accurate summary of research on gut microbiome, hypothesizes well-reasoned potential benefits of consuming fresh produce

in The Atlantic, by James Hamblin

— 02 Sep 2019

"The article provides a well balanced discussion of current knowledge surrounding the gut microbiota and benefits of eating whole foods. The author could have provided more details..

Article claiming vaccines cause autoimmunity and autism due to fetal DNA contaminants found unsupported and implausible

in Vaccine Impact, by Theresa Deisher

— 09 Jun 2019

"While the letter provides some concerns about the fetal cell-derived DNA contamination in vaccines, it does not provide any actual evidence to support the claims made. The whole h..

New Scientist article accurately summarises polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) research but overstates significance of animal studies

in New Scientist, by Alice Klein

— 17 Jan 2019

"I think that the title overstates the position with the present level of knowledge and is too sensationalist. The ‘ovarian cysts’ stated to typically characterize PCOS are not..

Research showing benefits of exercise on ageing immune system correctly reported by Time

in Time, by Alexandra Sifferlin

— 11 Jan 2019

"The overall message of the article is a fair reflection of current scientific opinion that being physically active regularly throughout life most likely promotes healthy ageing of..

Time article on bone marrow transplant trial for multiple sclerosis treatment mostly accurate but needs more important details and context

in Time, by Alice Park

— 07 Jan 2019

"The article contains some inaccuracies and simplifications, but is overall accurate. It is not clear which article and whose scientific data it refers to. Such information should ..

2018’s most popular health article promoting cannabis’ safety found to be biased and misleading

in urhealthguide, by John Regan

— 20 Dec 2018

“The article fails to point out that only very limited, low-quality evidence supports the use of cannabis for treating chronic pain. The article also fails to describe the potent...

Scientists discuss the widely shared Huffington Post article “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong”

in Huffington Post, by Michael Hobbes

— 17 Dec 2018

The article failed to place the science in context and overstated scientific confidence, resulting in flawed conclusions. Reviewers also pointed out the bias present in the article...

Viral news article misinterprets classification of processed meat as carcinogenic in claiming it is “as harmful as cigarettes”

in Truth Reporter, by vinit

— 05 Dec 2018

"The classification of processed meat as “Group 1” – carcinogenic to humans means that the evidence is as strong as for other risk factors included in the Group 1 category, i..

Time article accurately describes distinguishing features between influenza infection and infection by other respiratory viruses

in Time, by Markham Heid

— 28 Nov 2018

"Generally accurate. However, the main issue is that influenza viruses can also cause a "cold", i.e. upper respiratory tract infection. A "cold" is a symptom/diagnosis whereas "inf..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Claim that “flu shots are killing elderly citizens in record numbers” based on misinterpreted study

CLAIM
"Flu shots are killing elderly citizens in record numbers"

SOURCE: Sean Adl-Tabatabai, NewsPunch, Your News Wire

Published: 09 Sep 2019

VERDICT

Lila Rose claim that “abortion is never medically necessary” is inaccurate; it is necessary in certain cases to preserve mother’s life

CLAIM
"Abortion is never medically necessary"

SOURCE: Lila Rose, Young America's Foundation

Published: 30 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Mandatory vaccination was not “banned” in Sweden because of “serious health concerns” as claimed by multiple outlets

CLAIM
"Sweden Bans Mandatory Vaccinations Over 'Serious Heath [sic] Concerns'"

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, Red Ice

Published: 23 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Sunscreen protects against skin cancer, contrary to widespread claim that it causes cancer

CLAIM
"Recent Study Shows How Sunscreen Causes Cancer, Not the Sun"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Awareness Act, Midlands Directory, Collective Evolution

Published: 21 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Internet meme inaccurately claims that fruit is injected with HIV-contaminated blood

CLAIM
"a [group] of people is injecting fruits with blood containing HIV and AIDS"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Flops n' Memes

Published: 13 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Widespread claim that HPV vaccine side effects outweigh its benefits misrepresents the scientist it relies on

CLAIM
"side effects of the [HPV] vaccine outweigh the positives"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Herbs Info

Published: 07 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Claims that vaccines contain “cancer enzymes” are unfounded, also misleads with one-sided explanation of nagalase function

CLAIM
"vaccines had cancer enzymes in them"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Disclose.tv

Published: 06 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Claim that ingredients in flu vaccine are known neurotoxins found to be incorrect

CLAIM
"Each of these ingredients [thimerosal, ovalbumin, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate] is a known neurotoxin"

SOURCE: Erin Elizabeth, Health Nut News

Published: 31 Jul 2019

VERDICT

Claim that vaccines can cause individuals with mitochondrial disorders to develop autism is unsupported

CLAIM
"If a child has a mitochondrial disorder [...] she is more at risk of having a vaccine pushing her over the edge and causing a bad reaction"

SOURCE: JB Handley Jr., GreenMedInfo

Published: 26 Jul 2019

VERDICT

Claim that virus contaminating polio vaccine between 1955 and 1963 is cancer-causing not supported by science

CLAIM
"CDC Admits 98 Million Americans Received Polio Vaccine In An 8-Year Span When It Was Contaminated With Cancer Virus"

SOURCE: Dave Mihalovic, Waking Times

Published: 25 Jul 2019

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

Do radio waves from mobile devices cause cancer? A look at the evidence

— 08 Apr 2019

Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives, and most people would not consider even leaving the house without one. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has est...

How we know vaccines don’t cause autism – and why this belief persists

— 26 Mar 2019

The claim that “vaccines cause autism” first received its scientific backing by Andrew Wakefield’s now-retracted study in The Lancet, published in 1998. The study...

The Most Popular Health Articles of 2018, a Scientific Credibility Review

— 28 Jan 2019

News about health and medicine touch the lives of many people, therefore they often become highly circulated on the Internet. Many of these articles achieve viral status, but how m...