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Explainer: 5 vitamins, besides vitamin D, for optimal bone health

Published on : Apr 23, 2024

International Journal of Molecular Medicine article sheds light on the...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Ads promote bogus diabetes cure on Indian news websites

Published on : Apr 22, 2024

They endorse a dubious dietary supplement and unverified drug for...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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World liver day: Understanding hepatitis

Published on : Apr 19, 2024

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

: Pallav Vyas
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Light physical activity can improve metabolic health in children: Study

Published on : Apr 18, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: The science behind using gold in skincare products

Published on : Apr 17, 2024

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

: Pallav Vyas
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Deep inequities, underreported suffering in global breast cancer battle: Report

Published on : Apr 16, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: What is diphtheria?

Published on : Apr 15, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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World Parkinson’s Day: 5 science-backed facts about the disease

Published on : Apr 11, 2024

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

: Vani Singh
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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...

: Pallav Vyas
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India ‘Cancer capital of the world’: Report

Published on : Apr 9, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Social cues shape perceptions of online information: Study

Published on : Apr 8, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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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...

: Jisha Krishnan
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Fact-check: Castor oil is not a magic pill

Published on : Apr 4, 2024

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

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Fact-check: Expert take on 6 tuberculosis myths

Published on : Apr 3, 2024

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

: Deepika Khurana
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Explainer: The hazards of vaginal whitening products

Published on : Apr 1, 2024

Vaginal lightening promotes unhealthy body image ideals, and reflects cultural...

: Vani Singh
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India gets first indigenous hydroxyurea oral suspension for SCD treatment

Published on : Mar 28, 2024

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

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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Fact-check: The link between paracetamol and liver toxicity

Published on : Mar 27, 2024

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

: Pallav Vyas
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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...

: Riyaz Wani
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Explainer: Why moderation is crucial in caffeine consumption

Published on : Mar 22, 2024

Excessive caffeine intake can lead to poor sleep quality, increased...

: Vani Singh
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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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Pro tips to find scientific health information on social media

Published on : Mar 20, 2024

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

: 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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Vaccine misinformation fuels measles resurgence in US

Published on : Mar 18, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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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...

: Allen Joe Mathew 
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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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Explainer: The presence of PFAS & BPA in your kitchen

Published on : Mar 12, 2024

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

: Vani Singh
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Fact-check: Japanese water therapy & weight loss

Published on : Mar 11, 2024

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

: Deepika Khurana
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Ultra-processed foods impact physical & mental health: Study

Published on : Mar 7, 2024

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

: Vani Singh
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Fact-check: The connection between gastric issues and stress in relationships

Published on : Mar 5, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check – Not all dietary fats are evil

Published on : Mar 4, 2024

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

: Deepika Khurana
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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...

: Vani Singh
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Fact-check: Paternal smoking, obesity can harm unborn babies

Published on : Feb 29, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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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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Fact-check: Turmeric is not the magic pill for weight loss

Published on : Feb 23, 2024

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

: Aliya Zainab 
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Fact-check: Not all cyanide exposures are murderous

Published on : Feb 21, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Exercise is an effective treatment for depression: Study

Published on : Feb 20, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: How malaria vaccines can eradicate the disease

Published on : Feb 19, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Working night shifts takes a toll on one’s health

Published on : Feb 16, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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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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Explainer: The perils of protein deficiency

Published on : Feb 13, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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AI-generated content cannot provide personalised medical advice: Study

Published on : Feb 12, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Meatless diet can help fight climate change

Published on : Feb 9, 2024

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

: Deepika Khurana
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Fact-check: Eggs, fruits, oats are not unhealthy breakfast

Published on : Feb 7, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Conspiracy theories major obstacle to new global pandemic treaty: WHO

Published on : Feb 6, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: Why HPV vaccination is the most effective strategy against cervical cancer

Published on : Feb 5, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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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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Leprosy: 3 myths that refuse to die

Published on : Feb 1, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Explainer: Understanding thyroid disorders

Published on : Jan 30, 2024

Greater awareness empowers individuals to recognise early symptoms, seek timely...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Measles: Misinformation-fuelled vaccine hesitancy puts children’s lives at risk

Published on : Jan 26, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Consume beans for better digestion, weight loss

Published on : Jan 25, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Video gamers at risk of irreversible hearing loss, tinnitus: Study

Published on : Jan 24, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Decline in tobacco use rates globally: WHO

Published on : Jan 18, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: No need to walk 10,000 steps daily to stay fit

Published on : Jan 16, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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A pill or injection can’t address the complexities of obesity: Lancet

Published on : Jan 16, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: No magic diet can cure it all

Published on : Jan 15, 2024

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

: Deepika Khurana
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Moderate to vigorous physical activity can help COPD patients: Study

Published on : Jan 11, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: What is SAD?

Published on : Jan 9, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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3 good reasons to walk more in 2024

Published on : Jan 8, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Menstrual hygiene: The health crisis we don’t talk about

Published on : Jan 4, 2024

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

: Florica Brahma
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Climate change debate: putting health first

Published on : Jan 4, 2024

Despite the enormous global attention being paid to climate change,...

: Riyaz Wani
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Social media listening crucial for tackling infodemic’s impact on health: Study

Published on : Jan 3, 2024

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: How dangerous is the JN.1 COVID variant?

Published on : Dec 22, 2023

JN.1 was identified in the US in September 2023, exhibiting...

: Florica Brahma
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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: Making sense of White Lung Syndrome

Published on : Dec 11, 2023

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

: 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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Critical gap in cancer trials in India, finds study

Published on : Dec 5, 2023

Several states in Northeast India had no registered clinical trials...

: First Check Team
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World AIDS Day: Debunking 4 myths about the disease

Published on : Dec 1, 2023

Research consistently indicates that individuals, irrespective of their age, gender,...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Japan hasn’t banned BHT due to health risks

Published on : Nov 23, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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Delay umbilical cord clamping by two minutes to reduce premature baby deaths, says study

Published on : Nov 20, 2023

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

: First Check Team
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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...

: Florica Brahma
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370% rise in heat-related deaths by 2050 if climate goals unmet: The Lancet report

Published on : Nov 16, 2023

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

: First Check Team
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Explainer: The toll of war on mental health

Published on : Nov 3, 2023

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

: Pratibha
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Explainer: Why long work hours are injurious to health

Published on : Oct 30, 2023

From cardiovascular disease and heightened stress levels, to depression, anxiety...

: Florica Brahma
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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...

: 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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Debunking 5 myths on Nipah Virus

Published on : Oct 16, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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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...

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Want to become taller? Ashwagandha is not the answer!

Published on : Oct 9, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Papaya seeds not for contraception, inducing menstruation, or improving hormonal balance

Published on : Oct 6, 2023

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

: Tej Kumar
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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: No harm in consuming bananas and milk together

Published on : Oct 5, 2023

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

: Pratibha
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Hypertension affects one in three adults globally: WHO global report on hypertension

Published on : Sep 21, 2023

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

: First Check Team
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Fact-check: Dietary choices, physical activity not the only determinants of weight gain

Published on : Sep 21, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: The link between biodiversity and mental health

Published on : Sep 18, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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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...

: Florica Brahma
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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...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Can the use of plastic food containers cause cancer?

Published on : Sep 4, 2023

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

: Florica Brahma
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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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Explainer: What causes high cholesterol?

Published on : Aug 25, 2023

Cutting down on the consumption of processed foods and processed...

: Florica Brahma
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Fact-check: Higher water intake doesn’t assure weight loss

Published on : Aug 24, 2023

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

: 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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Explainer: What BMI can and cannot tell you about your health

Published on : Aug 9, 2023

Ideally suited for population-level studies, describing obesity by BMI can...

: Florica Brahma
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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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Fact-check: Almond skins do not cause cancer

Published on : Jul 24, 2023

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

: Pratibha
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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook has a silver lining

Published on : Jul 21, 2023

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

: Aliya Zainab 
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Explainer: Understanding ADHD

Published on : Jul 18, 2023

A common neurodevelopmental disorder, it calls for comprehensive understanding for...

: Aliya Zainab 
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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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Explainer: Making informed decisions about hysterectomy

Published on : Jul 4, 2023

Depending on the individual case and the underlying condition, the...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Explainer: What is postpartum depression?

Published on : Jun 24, 2023

It can cause various physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms. Treatment...

: Aliya Zainab 
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Movie review: Tully is an honest exploration of postpartum depression

Published on : Jun 16, 2023

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

: Aliya Zainab 
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Fact-check: Clove oil may provide temporary relief from toothache, but it can be toxic.

Published on : Jun 13, 2023

Using dried clove or clove oil may induce liver harm,...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Book review : Lady Doctors is an inspiring read

Published on : Jun 5, 2023

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

: Jisha Krishnan
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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,...

: Zoya Hussain
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Fact-check: Kids can be given deworming pill in all weathers

Published on : May 26, 2023

Deworming tablets, such as Albendazole and Mebendazole, can be taken...

: Naveed Ahmad Najar
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Explainer: What is hypertension?

Published on : May 17, 2023

This World Hypertension Day, let’s manage blood pressure better with...

: Sharmila Saha Roy 
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World Hypertension Day 2023: Important facts about high blood pressure

Published on : May 17, 2023

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

: Zoya Hussain
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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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Explainer: Why there’s no reason to fear people with dissociative identity disorder

Published on : May 9, 2023

Inaccurate portrayals of people with DID in mainstream media highlight...

: Toibah Kirmani
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Explainer: Why long nails are a health hazard

Published on : May 2, 2023

One of the primary concerns with long nails is the...

: Toibah Kirmani
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Fact-check: Vaping not a safe alternative to smoking

Published on : Apr 25, 2023

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

: Zoya Hussain
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Explainer: Why processed foods are harmful to health

Published on : Apr 19, 2023

Processed foods can lead people to consume more than the...

: Toibah Kirmani
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Fact-check: MSG is safe for human consumption

Published on : May 11, 2022

Despite several claims of adverse health effects of MSG, studies...

: Pratibha
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When social media blows up hazards of drinking water

Published on : Jan 6, 2022

Some studies suggest that consuming eight glasses of water per...

: Tej Kumar
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Bottle gourd juice can be toxic

Published on : Nov 19, 2021

Research has established that consumption of bitter bottle gourd juice...

: 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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Myths vs. facts about breast cancer

Published on : Oct 27, 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to...

: Dr. Poovamma CU
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Homoeopathic medicine Aspidosperma Q does not instantly increase oxygen levels

Published on : May 1, 2021

Intake of a few drops of Aspidosperma Q in water...

: 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