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Fides: WHO launches new initiative to combat health misinformation

Published on : May 13, 2024

The aim is to build a network of healthcare influencers...

: First Check Team
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Combatting Health Misinformation in Developing Regions – An Excerpt From First Check’s Coffee Table Book

Published on : May 11, 2024

With the spread of health misinformation, especially during crises like...

: Dr Sameera Ranasinghe 
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Unveiling the Mental Health Struggles of Fact-Checkers – An Excerpt From First Check’s Coffee Table Book

Published on : May 4, 2024

 The relentless exposure to misinformation can cause psychological harm and...

: Cait McMahon
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BIMLI: 5 key learnings in fighting health misinformation

Published on : Apr 30, 2024

The Bihar Information and Media Literacy Initiative, conducted in partnership...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Seeking Health Information Beyond Conventional Practices – An Excerpt From First Check’s Coffee Table Book

Published on : Apr 27, 2024

Social media and easy internet access accelerate false health information...

: Arulchelvan Sriram
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US launches Foreign Ministry Channel for Health Security to counter health misinformation, disinformation

Published on : Mar 21, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Lessons in fighting health misinformation from Nigeria

Published on : Mar 19, 2024

Beyond short-term online campaigns, proactively engage with social media influencers...

: Abara Erim
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Why we need to collaborate to fight health misinformation

Published on : Mar 13, 2024

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

: Dr Ahmad Firdaus Mohd Haris
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Indian court takes firm stand on misleading health ads

Published on : Feb 28, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Interview: ‘Misinformation can lead to misunderstandings about scientific facts’

Published on : Feb 14, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Use behavioural science to fight health misinformation: Study

Published on : Feb 2, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Meftal is not unsafe for use

Published on : Dec 15, 2023

In its latest advisory, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission has stated...

: Florica Brahma
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Explainer: Why the Supreme Court of India reprimanded Baba Ramdev

Published on : Dec 7, 2023

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

: Tej Kumar
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Rise of anti-science movement claims millions of lives, warns researcher

Published on : Oct 19, 2023

In his book ‘The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: a Scientist’s...

: First Check Team
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Explainer: How AI spreads health misinformation

Published on : Oct 13, 2023

AI-driven algorithms on social media platforms and websites often recommend...

: Florica Brahma
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The curious case of The Liver Doc & how it can impact health misinformation

Published on : Oct 5, 2023

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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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...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Alkaline water can’t cure liver and kidney failure

Published on : Aug 21, 2023

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

: Tej Kumar
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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,...

: Florica Brahma
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Online harassment deters doctors from fighting health misinformation on social media: Study

Published on : Jul 26, 2023

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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Combatting health misinformation in the age of ChatGPT

Published on : Jul 7, 2023

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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Fact-check: Shaving does not promote hair growth

Published on : May 12, 2023

It is a complex process influenced by various factors, such...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Health misinformation: Each one spot one

Published on : Jun 15, 2022

If we realised how our emotions are being exploited and...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Flaxseed: No cure for thyroid problems

Published on : May 27, 2022

While flaxseed is a rich source of essential fatty acids,...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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No, marijuana cannot cure cancer

Published on : May 23, 2022

Studies have explored the possible benefits of medical marijuana on...

: Pratibha
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Video warning against eating bitter gourd with ladyfinger gets 88 million FB views

Published on : May 19, 2022

A video claiming that “consuming bitter gourd or white radish...

: N Ahmad
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Fact-check: ‘Green juice’ cannot cure cancer 

Published on : May 6, 2022

Juicing removes fiber from fruits and veggies; consuming them in...

: Tej Kumar
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‘There is no vaccine for the infodemic’

Published on : Apr 8, 2022

Medical and scientific community need to champion the cause of...

: Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan Masud
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Step up the fight against misinformation 

Published on : Apr 7, 2022

The health misinformation crisis won’t end with the pandemic. It’s...

: Dr Sameera Ranasinghe 
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‘Fact-checking is often neglected in medical discourse’ 

Published on : Apr 5, 2022

Health-related misinformation and disinformation are significant threats to public health....

: Dr. Debanjan Banerjee
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Why medical professionals need to take up fact-checking

Published on : Apr 2, 2022

It’s not good enough to know that you know the...

: Zayed Aboali
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Why I became a fact-checker: A story of loss, resolve & hope

Published on : Apr 1, 2022

What drives me to fight health misinformation is the hopelessness...

: Tej Kumar
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No home remedy to induce menstruation within an hour!

Published on : Mar 14, 2022

Given that irregular periods are a common challenge for many...

: Tej Kumar
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National Science Day: Embrace scientific temper, fight health misinformation

Published on : Feb 28, 2022

The pandemic has exposed our knowledge gap. There’s an urgent...

: Jisha Krishnan
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World Cancer Day: Spread facts, not fear

Published on : Feb 4, 2022

Every year 4th February is observed as World Cancer Day...

: Tej Kumar
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Lessons in tackling health misinformation

Published on : Jan 31, 2022

Understanding how the internet and social media have changed out...

: Dr. Debanjan Banerjee
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Beware of home remedies for asthma

Published on : Dec 10, 2021

While organic compositions of natural products, prepared under laboratory conditions,...

: Tej Kumar
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AIDS is not a ‘chemical toxin’ or a ‘scam on gays’

Published on : Dec 1, 2021

World AIDS Day: Misinformation about the infection continues to spread...

: Tej Kumar
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What The Fact! – How information deficits fuel misinformation

Published on : Nov 16, 2021

People tend to engage more with misinformation than factual information....

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Google, YouTube fix digital ads policy to curb climate change misinformation

Published on : Nov 5, 2021

The new policy against violating publisher content, Google-served ads, and...

: Abeen Shayiq
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The Facebook Papers: How vaccine misinformation thrived

Published on : Oct 29, 2021

While Facebook claims to have made “considerable progress” with downgrading...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Dismantled: Here’s COVID skeptics proven wrong

Published on : Oct 14, 2021

Ever since the start of the COVID pandemic, there have...

: Tariq Hashmat
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Bitter gourd juice cannot cure diabetes

Published on : Oct 13, 2021

Contrary to what viral YouTube videos claim, studies show that...

: Tej Kumar
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Factually Speaking: Combating COVID-19 myths in Africa

Published on : Oct 8, 2021

A primary healthcare practitioner from the Republic of Congo, Africa,...

: Dr. Raphael Byamungu
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What The Fact! – What makes anyone indulge in misinformation?

Published on : Oct 4, 2021

People fail to distinguish between information and misinformation, make sure...

: Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan
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Why We Fact-Check Health Misinformation

Published on : Sep 30, 2021

It is important to focus on the context of online...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Lemons are healthy, but they don’t cure cancer

Published on : Sep 24, 2021

Researchers have been studying anti-carcinogenic properties of limonoids in laboratories...

: Tej Kumar
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Cow’s heart not used as replacement for human heart

Published on : Aug 10, 2021

An old Facebook post claiming that a woman’s failing heart...

: Tej Kumar
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Honey and onion juice cannot cure asthma

Published on : Jul 28, 2021

There is no cure yet for asthma. However, inhaled medications...

: Tej Kumar
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Cold drinks don’t lead to miscarriage in pregnant women

Published on : Jul 14, 2021

While studies show that carbonated, artificially-sweetened soft drinks are harmful...

: Tej Kumar
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Use of alum powder and turmeric powder, mustard oil can’t prevent Mucormycosis

Published on : Jun 7, 2021

Two YouTube videos with thousands of views claiming use of...

: Pushpita Dey
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What may cause mucormycosis, experts explain

Published on : May 29, 2021

A WhatsApp message claiming that humidity caused due to use...

: Pushpita Dey
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WhatsApp forward claiming ‘Vaccinated People Will Die in 2 Years’ is untrue

Published on : May 27, 2021

A widely-circulated message attributed to French virologist Luc Montagnier claims...

: Dr. Rohini Karandikar
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A message falsely touts ‘bacteria in buttermilk’ as Covid-19 cure

Published on : May 22, 2021

A WhatsApp message claiming bacteria present in buttermilk can fight...

: Tej Kumar
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How Indian fact-checkers dealt with COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : May 18, 2021

An analysis of International Fact Checking Network’s repository of fact-checked...

: Nabeela Khan
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There’s no scientific proof that alum water can cure COVID-19

Published on : May 12, 2021

A video shared thousands of times claims that alum water...

: Tej Kumar
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No, taking a concoction of pepper, honey and ginger will not cure COVID-19

Published on : May 7, 2021

Despite a crackdown on misinformation, unproven cures and remedies continue...

: Pushpita Dey
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No, an empty nebuliser is not a substitute for oxygen cylinder

Published on : Apr 26, 2021

Using a nebuliser in place of an oxygen cylinder will...

: Sahil Bali
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Post warning women not to take COVID-19 vaccine during periods is ‘false’

Published on : Apr 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t pose a risk if taken during periods....

: Tej Kumar
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False claim uses Japanese Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo name again to spread COVID-19 misinformation

Published on : Apr 19, 2021

As the world grapples with a health crisis and misinformation,...

: First Check Team
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This tonic of leaves cannot cure HIV

Published on : Mar 1, 2021

There is no scientific evidence to prove that a health...

: Tej Kumar
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Three-pronged approach to fight the infodemic

Published on : Feb 19, 2021

Misinformation and rumours are three times more likely to be...

: Dr. Apurva Kumar Pandya
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No, incense sticks do not ward off Covid-19

Published on : Feb 15, 2021

A popular YouTube channel claims that smouldering incense sticks can...

: Tej Kumar