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Category: The words matter

1 3/29/2018

‘Newfound’ organ = old school hype. What you need to know


When ‘fact-checked’ health news doesn’t tell the whole story

3 2/26/2018

Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and cancer: What you need to know


What you need to know about news headlines claiming ibuprofen use during early pregnancy impacts fertility of children

1 1/25/2018

Patients, doctors, journalists criticize “Free Preventive Mammograms” campaign


Goodbye, bulldog. Our new tagline conveys our true mission

1 1/15/2018

NY Times ‘Well’ section continues to mislead readers — this time on facial exercises that ‘may make you look 3 years younger’

12 12/7/2017

How to communicate about obesity without promoting stigma


HIV ‘cure’ based on one patient? Here’s what you need to know

2 11/3/2017

Scanning for suicide with fMRI: the limitations of pixels and language