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World liver day: Understanding hepatitis

Published on : Apr 19, 2024

The second leading infectious cause of death globally, every day,...

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Light physical activity can improve metabolic…

Published on : Apr 18, 2024

Among overweight and obese youths, increased LPA linked with 20...

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Fact-check: The science behind using gold…

Published on : Apr 17, 2024

Gold nanoparticles have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-ageing benefits. However, those...

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Deep inequities, underreported suffering in global…

Published on : Apr 16, 2024

Lancet Commission report estimates global breast cancer incidence to rise...

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Explainer: What is diphtheria?

Published on : Apr 15, 2024

Given the global surge in diphtheria incidence, it’s important to...

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India closing the gap between estimated…

Published on : Apr 12, 2024

India TB Report 2024, by the Ministry of Health and...

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World Parkinson’s Day: 5 science-backed facts…

Published on : Apr 11, 2024

From its perceived confinement to motor symptoms to fears surrounding...

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Fact-check: 4 eye donation myths debunked

Published on : Apr 10, 2024

The generous act of donating one’s corneas after death can...

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India ‘Cancer capital of the world’:…

Published on : Apr 9, 2024

Apollo Hospitals’ Health of Nation report shows a concerning surge...

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Social cues shape perceptions of online…

Published on : Apr 8, 2024

By acknowledging the social aspects of online information consumption, the...

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Why health fact-checking is still important

Published on : Apr 5, 2024

It’s not just COVID — it’s measles, HPV, fake cures...

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Fact-check: Castor oil is not a…

Published on : Apr 4, 2024

Contrary to what social media influencers may claim, castor oil...

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Fact-check: Expert take on 6 tuberculosis…

Published on : Apr 3, 2024

TB is curable, but the biggest challenge remains the general...

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India gets first indigenous hydroxyurea oral…

Published on : Mar 28, 2024

The country ranks second worldwide in sickle cell disease incidence,...

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Fact-check: The link between paracetamol and…

Published on : Mar 27, 2024

Excess acetaminophen intake is the leading cause of drug-induced liver...

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Decoding health disinformation during elections

Published on : Mar 26, 2024

In a year when the world’s oldest and the largest...

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US launches Foreign Ministry Channel for…

Published on : Mar 21, 2024

Climate change, growing regional instability, the rise of misinformation and...

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Pro tips to find scientific health…

Published on : Mar 20, 2024

Nutrition and fitness expert Layne Norton offers some sound advice...

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Vaccine misinformation fuels measles resurgence in…

Published on : Mar 18, 2024

58 new measles cases reported by 17 jurisdictions, raising fears...

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Fact-check: Fasting cannot cure cancer

Published on : Mar 15, 2024

Researchers caution against oversimplification as autophagy has been attributed tumour-suppressive...

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WHO proposes pandemic agreement, not treaty

Published on : Mar 14, 2024

The ninth Intergovernmental Negotiating Body meeting will be held in...

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Why we need to collaborate to…

Published on : Mar 13, 2024

It is crucial to address issues comprehensively, combining efforts to...

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Explainer: The presence of PFAS &…

Published on : Mar 12, 2024

These chemicals can accumulate in the body over time, increasing...

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Fact-check: Japanese water therapy & weight…

Published on : Mar 11, 2024

While drinking water on an empty stomach can temporarily boost...

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Ultra-processed foods impact physical & mental…

Published on : Mar 7, 2024

Researchers find strong association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and...

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Fact-check: The connection between gastric issues…

Published on : Mar 5, 2024

Stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotional conflicts can manifest in various...

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Fact-check – Not all dietary fats…

Published on : Mar 4, 2024

Inclusion of a variety of nutrient-dense fats as part of...

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ADHD: A woman’s quest for understanding

Published on : Mar 1, 2024

Being diagnosed as an individual with ADHD brought a mix...

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Fact-check: Paternal smoking, obesity can harm…

Published on : Feb 29, 2024

Researchers have identified notable associations between paternal factors and birth...

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Indian court takes firm stand on…

Published on : Feb 28, 2024

The Supreme Court orders immediate ban on all electronic and...

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Fact-check: DIY teeth whitening treatments don’t…

Published on : Feb 27, 2024

Social media claims about the magic mixture of toothpaste, baking...

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Fact-check: Turmeric is not the magic…

Published on : Feb 23, 2024

There is no robust study to support the claims on...

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Fact-check: Not all cyanide exposures are…

Published on : Feb 21, 2024

Estimating how lethal a dose can be is challenging, due...

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Exercise is an effective treatment for…

Published on : Feb 20, 2024

While walking or jogging benefited both genders, strength training was...

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Explainer: How malaria vaccines can eradicate…

Published on : Feb 19, 2024

There are two malaria vaccines recommended by the WHO, and...

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Fact-check: Working night shifts takes a…

Published on : Feb 16, 2024

Apart from circadian misalignment and its effect on physical health,...

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Adopting a hybrid strategy of prebunking…

Published on : Feb 15, 2024

We need to examine the differential impact of false information...

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Interview: ‘Misinformation can lead to misunderstandings…

Published on : Feb 14, 2024

Dr Safieh Shah, First Check member and Canada-based senior policy...

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Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

Published on : Feb 13, 2024

Poor dietary choices, food insecurity, certain medical conditions, and vegetarian...

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AI-generated content cannot provide personalised medical…

Published on : Feb 12, 2024

While ChatGPT 3.5 and 4.0 can serve as supplementary sources...

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Fact-check: Meatless diet can help fight…

Published on : Feb 9, 2024

About 15% of global greenhouse emissions result from livestock farming,...

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Fact-check: Eggs, fruits, oats are not…

Published on : Feb 7, 2024

There isn’t much nutritional value to white bread though. A...

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Conspiracy theories major obstacle to new…

Published on : Feb 6, 2024

Despite lessons that should have been learned during COVID-19, the...

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Explainer: Why HPV vaccination is the…

Published on : Feb 5, 2024

The fourth-most prevalent cancer among women globally, cervical cancer has...

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Use behavioural science to fight health…

Published on : Feb 2, 2024

Latest research underscores the importance of recognising the content, tactics...

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Leprosy: 3 myths that refuse to…

Published on : Feb 1, 2024

Despite being one of the oldest diseases known to mankind,...

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Dilute vaccine misinformation with large amounts…

Published on : Jan 31, 2024

Vaccine hesitancy brings about a substantial risk to the population’s...

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Fact-check: Bulletproof coffee no magic bullet…

Published on : Jan 29, 2024

While the coffee concoction can kill food cravings and give...

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Measles: Misinformation-fuelled vaccine hesitancy puts children’s…

Published on : Jan 26, 2024

The CDC reported that measles cases in 2022 increased by...

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Fact-check: Consume beans for better digestion,…

Published on : Jan 25, 2024

Instagram video is right about the positive impact of consuming...

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Video gamers at risk of irreversible…

Published on : Jan 24, 2024

Researchers note the need to consider permissible noise levels and...

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Fact-check: DIY Vagus nerve massage can’t…

Published on : Jan 23, 2024

On social media, rubs and massages that “tone” one of...

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Cervical cancer awareness month: HPV vaccines…

Published on : Jan 22, 2024

While India’s Union Health Ministry is yet to take a...

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Decline in tobacco use rates globally:…

Published on : Jan 18, 2024

Currently the WHO South-East Asian Region has the highest percentage...

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Fact-check: No need to walk 10,000…

Published on : Jan 16, 2024

Research findings underscore the importance of prioritising the quality and...

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A pill or injection can’t address…

Published on : Jan 16, 2024

Weight loss is only maintained while taking the drugs; once...

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Fact-check: No magic diet can cure…

Published on : Jan 15, 2024

The hype about Master Cleanse, Mono Diet, or Mediterranean diet...

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Moderate to vigorous physical activity can…

Published on : Jan 11, 2024

Getting 20 minutes of intense activity at least three days...

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Explainer: What is SAD?

Published on : Jan 9, 2024

Individuals with limited access to natural light, such as those...

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3 good reasons to walk more…

Published on : Jan 8, 2024

Incorporating walking into one’s daily routine is a convenient and...

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ChatGPT gives incorrect diagnoses, but holds…

Published on : Jan 5, 2024

The LLM-based chatbot reached an incorrect diagnosis in 83 out...

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Menstrual hygiene: The health crisis we…

Published on : Jan 4, 2024

Social media posts shed light on the plights of countless...

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Social media listening crucial for tackling…

Published on : Jan 3, 2024

‘Informing social media analysis for public health: a cross-sectional survey...

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Explainer: Making sense of White Lung…

Published on : Dec 11, 2023

While the exact cause of the outbreak is under investigation,...

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Explainer: How climate change causes a…

Published on : Dec 8, 2023

The transmission of dengue is intricately linked to three pivotal...

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Explainer: Why the Supreme Court of…

Published on : Dec 7, 2023

This is not a debate on “Allopathy vs Ayurveda”, but...

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COVID-19 vaccine not the cause of…

Published on : Nov 27, 2023

Certain high-risk behavioural factors such as binge drinking, smoking and...

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Fact-check: Japan hasn’t banned BHT due…

Published on : Nov 23, 2023

BHT is a lab-made chemical that is permitted for use...

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Delay umbilical cord clamping by two…

Published on : Nov 20, 2023

It allows blood to flow from the placenta to the...

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Explainer: What is “fried rice syndrome”?

Published on : Nov 17, 2023

Bacillus cereus can exist on raw rice, and if it’s...

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370% rise in heat-related deaths by…

Published on : Nov 16, 2023

The 2023 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and...

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World Diabetes Day 2023: Cut down…

Published on : Nov 14, 2023

About one-fifth of the global burden of type 2 diabetes...

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Fact-check: Coconut oil cannot cure Alzheimer’s,…

Published on : Nov 10, 2023

First Check studied over a dozen research papers published on...

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Fact-check: 3 myths about osteoarthritis

Published on : Nov 9, 2023

Globally, 15% individuals, aged 30 years or older, are affected...

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UNESCO unveils action plan to regulate…

Published on : Nov 7, 2023

The first World Conference of Regulators to be held in...

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Explainer: The toll of war on…

Published on : Nov 3, 2023

The mental scars of undergoing trauma, or even witnessing traumatic...

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Fact-check: Emergency contraceptive pills are safe

Published on : Nov 1, 2023

While they can be a powerful tool of women empowerment,...

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Fact-check: Sweet salads don’t impact masculinity

Published on : Oct 27, 2023

The association of sweets with femininity has historically led to...

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Debunking 5 myths on Nipah Virus

Published on : Oct 16, 2023

In the digital age, information spreads like wildfire, often faster...

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Fact-check: Vitamin C can’t ward off…

Published on : Oct 13, 2023

Vitamin C has long been of interest to medical experts...

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Nipah virus infection: 10 facts

Published on : Oct 12, 2023

It’s important to be informed about the infection; don’t be...

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Fact-check: Want to become taller? Ashwagandha…

Published on : Oct 9, 2023

Height is primarily determined by genetics, and the growth plates...

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Fact-check: Papaya seeds not for contraception,…

Published on : Oct 6, 2023

Studies suggest that it’s best not to consume papaya seeds...

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The curious case of The Liver…

Published on : Oct 5, 2023

Dr Cyriac Abby Philips’ X account was recently suspended, following...

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Fact-check: No harm in consuming bananas…

Published on : Oct 5, 2023

They are good additions to support post-workout recovery for muscle and...

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Hypertension affects one in three adults…

Published on : Sep 21, 2023

The first-of-its-kind, comprehensive analysis finds that currently, only one in...

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Fact-check: Dietary choices, physical activity not…

Published on : Sep 21, 2023

Maintenance of healthy body weight is also affected by one’s...

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Fact-check: The link between biodiversity and…

Published on : Sep 18, 2023

There’s an urgent need to prioritise the health of our...

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Fact-check: Irradiated foods are not radioactive

Published on : Sep 11, 2023

During irradiation, gamma rays, x-rays, or high-energy electrons pass through...

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Menopause: Shining light on vital facts

Published on : Sep 4, 2023

Numerous symptoms attributed to menopause often occur in the perimenopausal...

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Fact-check: Can the use of plastic…

Published on : Sep 4, 2023

The safety of storing food in plastic containers, typically, depends...

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Fact-check: 5 common myths about conjunctivitis

Published on : Aug 29, 2023

Dr Vijitha S Vempuluru, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, AIIMS...

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Fact-check: Higher water intake doesn’t assure…

Published on : Aug 24, 2023

Overhydration can lead to water poisoning, intoxication, or disruption of...

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Fact-check: Alkaline water can’t cure liver…

Published on : Aug 21, 2023

While there are several claims made about the health benefits...

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A good start: YouTube’s long-term vision…

Published on : Aug 16, 2023

The platform will streamline existing guidelines to fall under three...

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Fact-check: Debunking 3 myths about veganism

Published on : Aug 4, 2023

Proteins are not only found in meat and dairy products,...

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Kwashiorkor 101: Severe malnutrition common in…

Published on : Jul 31, 2023

Distinguished by a profound lack of protein, this condition leads...

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Online harassment deters doctors from fighting…

Published on : Jul 26, 2023

We need comprehensive anti-online harassment tools and how-to guides designed...

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Fact-check: Almond skins do not cause…

Published on : Jul 24, 2023

The skin of almonds is rich in fibre due to...

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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook has…

Published on : Jul 21, 2023

Even as the film highlights mental illness and its struggles,...

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Fact-check: It’s time to rethink diabetes…

Published on : Jul 11, 2023

Dr Maulik Patel, First Check member and consultant physician from...

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Combatting health misinformation in the age…

Published on : Jul 7, 2023

Questions you can ask to ascertain whether the health information...

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First Check bags Global Fact Check…

Published on : Jul 1, 2023

IFCN awarded 35 organisations serving 45 countries with $25,000 each...

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Movie review: Tully is an honest…

Published on : Jun 16, 2023

The captivating movie dives deep into the rollercoaster of postpartum...

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Fact-check : 5 prevalent myths about…

Published on : Jun 7, 2023

Dr Maneesh Singhal, Professor, and Head of the Department of...

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Book review : Lady Doctors is…

Published on : Jun 5, 2023

From fighting societal norms to improving access to healthcare and...

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Smoking: Myths vs facts

Published on : Jun 2, 2023

A scientific look at six common smoking narratives to sift...

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Menstrual Hygiene: Debunking 5 common myths

Published on : May 29, 2023

Dr Shehla Jamal, a menstrual health expert from New Delhi,...

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World Hypertension Day 2023: Important facts…

Published on : May 17, 2023

Dr Ashwani Mehta, a senior cardiologist at Sir Ganga Ram...

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Debunking 4 myths about menstrual cups,…

Published on : May 16, 2023

Dr Shehla Jamal, a gynecologist and menstrual health expert from...

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Debunking 5 autism myths

Published on : May 4, 2023

Dr Apurva Kumar Pandya, Director of Parul Institute of Public...

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Fact-check: Hot water + pineapple ≠…

Published on : Apr 28, 2023

Bromelain could be a promising therapy for colorectal cancer. However,...

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Fact-check: Vaping not a safe alternative…

Published on : Apr 25, 2023

There are potential long-term health risks associated with the use...

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Ivermectin influencer dead, but misinformation persists

Published on : Apr 21, 2023

Ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, gained popularity as a means to...

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