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Media Literacy Guide: Science

Determining what is fake news is necessary and can be difficult. This research guide's purpose is to explain steps for finding the facts, how to use one's judgment and give examples for clarification.

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Where to find the best science news

Scientists are continually making new discoveries, developing new technology and medical breakthroughs.  Knowing where to find the best science news can be aided by the image below from the American Council on Science and Health. Evidence Based reports provide the research supporting theses.

Fact-checking Science

Sources for fact-checking Medicine and Health News

Health is an area that requires dependable information - there are hoaxes, unproven cures, and misinformation. The following websites can help:

​​​​​​​The following websites that identify health hoaxes and unreliable medical information:

  • Health Fraud Scams from the U.S. Drug & Food Admin. Health fraud scams refer to products that claim to prevent, treat or cure diseases or other health conditions, but are not proven safe and effective for those uses. Health fraud scams waste money and can lead to delays in getting proper diagnosis and treatment. They can also cause serious or fatal injuries.
  • Quackwatch The site focuses on health frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct. 

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