Health Claims and Stories on the News: How Accurate Are They?


Ever find yourself listening to a news story about a wonder drug or new health study and wondering if the drug really works or the story is true? Turns out, there’s a website that tackles that very problem. According to Health News Florida,

“The veteran health reporter [Gary Schwitzer], who worked at CNN and created the Mayo Clinic information site, employs a handful of journalists to vet stories but also has numerous scientists and physicians who volunteer their services in the interest of accuracy.

Using 10 criteria, the teams track the accuracy and completeness of stories soon after their publication or broadcast. To make the ratings easy to comprehend, Health News Review converts them to a five-star scale “like a movie review,” Schwitzer says.”

*Not true. There is no pill that magically reverses aging.