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

Vitamin D has not been shown to be more effective than the flu vaccine at preventing flu

CLAIM
"Vitamin D is more effective than [the] flu vaccine"

SOURCE: Joseph Mercola, Health Impact News

Published: 08 Nov 2019

VERDICT

In spite of evidence to the contrary, Rizza Islam claims that the MMR vaccine is used for depopulation

CLAIM
"The World Health Organization is still pushing this [vaccine] depopulation agenda throughout Africa"

SOURCE: Rizza Islam, Sway’s Universe

Published: 31 Oct 2019

VERDICT

Vaccines do not cause autism, diabetes or cancer, contrary to Shiv Chopra’s claim

CLAIM
"All these diseases [...] use [sic] to be rare. Autism use [sic] to be 1 in 10,000. Now it’s 1 in 50. Now, where is it all coming from? Vaccines are doing it."

SOURCE: Shiv Chopra, Natural Nana

Published: 30 Oct 2019

VERDICT

Human error in vaccine preparation led to the deaths of two children in Samoa after MMR shot – MMR vaccine itself is safe and effective

CLAIM
"Samoa withdraws vaccine protecting against measles, mumps and rubella after two babies die within minutes of receiving the routine shot"

SOURCE: Lauren Ferri, Daily Mail

Published: 24 Oct 2019

VERDICT

ADHD prevalence in France is similar to that of other developed countries like the US, cultural differences notwithstanding

CLAIM
"These two very different cultures have different ADHD levels in children, in America the rate is 19 percent, and in France, it’s .5% – a half of a percent"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Marilyn Wedge, World's Finest New Recipes, Psychology Today

Published: 21 Oct 2019

VERDICT

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. misrepresents WHO causality assessment for adverse events following vaccination, wrongly claims it enables cover-up of vaccine deaths

CLAIM
"[It] is nearly impossible to categorize post-vaccine deaths as vaccine-related"

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children's Health Defense, NewsPunch

Published: 15 Oct 2019

VERDICT

Study did not report that cannabis smoking leads to “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease, contrary to widely-circulated claim

CLAIM
"smoking marijuana causes ‘complete remission’ of Crohn’s disease"

SOURCE: Anonymous, UK Health Expert, BloomsMag

Published: 10 Oct 2019

VERDICT

Claim that ginger is more effective than chemotherapy for cancer treatment is unsupported

CLAIM
"ginger is 10,000x more effective at killing cancer than chemo"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Feature Remedies, Health Holistic Living

Published: 30 Sep 2019

VERDICT

Claim that fasting regenerates the human immune system is unsupported, only based on study in mice

CLAIM
"the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Daily Health Post

Published: 27 Sep 2019

VERDICT

Natural News article inaccurately claims ADHD is a “fake disease” invented for profit

CLAIM
"ADHD is a fake disease invented by Big Pharma to drug children for profit"

SOURCE: Vicki Batts, Natural News

Published: 17 Sep 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...