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Correlation or Causality? Wine and Heart Health

May 10, 2019

Is there a link between red wine and heart health, or coffee and heart health? To answer these questions, we must determine whether the connection is one of correlation or causality. Go behind the scenes of popular health articles and learn how to evaluate the results from the actual medical trials. […]

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Exploring Coffee’s Health Benefits: Science Versus Hype

May 10, 2019

Recent articles have heralded coffee’s health benefits, particularly when it comes to heart health. We delve deeper into the medical studies these articles are based on to determine if, in fact, coffee truly is good for cardiovascular health. […]

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Is Coffee Bad for Your Heart?

May 10, 2019

Is coffee bad for your heart? The answer is complicated. We examine media stories on the issue, comparing the information to evidence from the actual medical trials to determine whether we can make a case for coffee’s health risks. […]

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Fluoride in Drinking Water: Is It Safe?

May 10, 2019

Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies to combat tooth decay. But some studies have shown that fluoride in drinking water can be harmful for pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, potentially lowering the child’s IQ. We’ll take a closer look at these studies to determine whether this is the case. […]

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Examining the Flint Water Crisis

May 10, 2019

What was supposed to be a routine and cost-effective change for Flint, Michigan’s water supply turned into a catastrophe. Learn how the Flint water crisis unfolded and how the press acted as a powerful force against the government’s denial. […]

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Toxins in Food: When Should We Be Concerned?

May 10, 2019

When articles report on toxins in food, the public understandably reacts with fear and concern. After all, we want to know what we’re putting into our body. But by reading news articles with a critical lens, we can decide for ourselves whether these toxins pose a legitimate threat. […]

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Health News in the Social Media Echo Chamber

May 10, 2019

When we outsource our information to the “so-called” wisdom of crowds, we are not helping to make social media a reliable or balanced source of information. Find out why the social media echo chamber is particularly dangerous when it comes to health information. […]

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Truth and Lies in Mass Media

May 10, 2019

In our hyper-connected world, information often travels faster than “facts” and “the truth.” Delve into the slippery world of mass media in the 21st century. […]

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Treating Mental Illness as a Society

May 10, 2019

When it comes to treating mental illness, people have many options, including medication and talk therapy. Unfortunately, though, due to the stigmatization of mental illness, many individuals do not seek out treatment. Discover what it would take to address mental illness not just on an individual level, but on a societal one. […]

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Mental Illness and Crime: Causation or Correlation?

May 10, 2019

When homicides make the news, particularly if it is a mass shooting, typically the public’s first reaction is that the culprit must be mentally ill. The media is largely to blame for this, as headlines commonly equate criminality with mental illness. But when it comes to mental illness and crime, can we always be so sure that the illness is the culprit? […]

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