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"I've Got Nothing to Lose By Trying It": Weighing up claims about cures and treatments for medical conditions

Every month there are dozens of news reports about medical breakthroughs and wonder drugs. The internet is cluttered with adverts and chat-room conversations testifying to ‘amazing’ benefits.   These stories [...]

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Guide: Making Sense of Testing

Adverts and media reports say that people with no symptoms, nor reason to suspect they have a disease can find out what they will get in the future, “reverse the [...]

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Guide: Making Sense of Screening

Public expectations about screening don’t always match what screening programmes can deliver. Magazines and online discussions carry many personal stories of people who believe they were saved, especially by cancer [...]

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NaturalCycles: Can body temperature and woman’s menstrual cycle details, effectively predict fertility and act as contraception?

Like a lot of 20-somethings in the Western world, I spend the odd 10 minutes here and there scrolling through social media. One day in July I was scrolling through [...]

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How do we separate the real deal from the fake news in cancer treatment? Thinking about Macmillan’s new project

If someone asks you something and you don’t know the answer, what do you do? You Google it. The internet is one the most powerful tools at our disposal, and [...]

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Claims about the risks of electromagnetic radiation

Bullshit adverts in gent's toilets at Kings Cross highlighting 'dangers of EM radiation' pic.twitter.com/lHQ9BifhCv — Pete Etchells (@PeteEtchells) May 10, 2017 Several people have seen this advert posted across London [...]

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Do infant simulator dolls actually help reduce teen pregnancy rates?

Have you ever seen those baby simulator dolls on TV? Teenagers are given them to take home to help them understand what being a parent is like. They cry if they [...]

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Autism interventions: Ask for the Evidence

“There’s so many cures for autism on-line, it’s a wonder anyone still has it” This wry observation from the father of a five-year-old newly diagnosed with autism in the BBC’s [...]

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Should you really replace your mattress every seven years?

The Sleep Council – funded by the trade association for British bed manufacturers – is proudly proclaiming this month as ‘sleepanuary’ and they are also raising awareness of ‘the seven [...]

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Sound vibrations for better sleep?

Dreampad is a pillow claiming to be “effective in stimulating the PNS, resulting in a calming response which aids in falling, and staying, asleep”. PNS refers to the Parasympathetic Nervous [...]

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Can this lube prevent HIV?

It would be a miracle of modern medicine if a lubricant could prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV, protect against cervical dysplasia, treat yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, increase libido [...]

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Breathe deeply and nod off

I recently came across an article describing ‘the 4-7-8’ method’: a breathing technique which, it was claimed, could enable insomniacs to get to sleep in less than a minute. It [...]

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Can simple changes in diet reduce menopause symptoms?

The menopause typically begins to affect women around the age of 50 and may be accompanied by a range of symptoms, including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, anxiety and depression. A [...]

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Can you tailor a diet according to your blood type?

There are numerous diets around today, some of which provide dodgy and dangerous nutritional claims and sometimes involve consumers buying expensive and unnecessary products – just see the VoYS spoof [...]

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Air pollution Q&A

Scare stories about air pollution regularly come across journalists’ desks and we get questions about them. Are diesel cars a danger to our health or should we worry more about [...]

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Do children who play with gadgets really have a "higher risk of autism"?

Do children who play with gadgets really have a "higher risk of autism"? [...]

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Network Rail keen to improve 'blue light' pilot study

I saw an article in The Times looking at whether installing blue lights in railway stations would reduce the number of suicides. The article takes you through scientific evidence that [...]

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Flyer claiming supplement could cure cancer taken down and reported

I spotted a flyer in my local leisure centre which made numerous claims about a super food supplement which can help to overcome many medical conditions. This pill can supposedly [...]

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Vision Express launch investigation after giving misleading advice

Following an eye test at Vision Express, I was informed that although my level of myopia had not changed, there was a very small degree of astigmatism in one eye [...]

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Oral-B "smart" toothpaste

In a TV advert for an Oral-B toothpaste, Countdown’s Rachel Riley explains that Pro-Expert is a ‘Smart Toothpaste’ because ‘it adapts to the specific issues in your mouth’. According to [...]

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Antimicrobial surfaces derived from tea, wine and chocolate?

This is a guest blog by Dr Jon Otter, research fellow at the Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research at King’s College London. I have recently been looking at [...]

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Drinkable Suncream claim investigated by BAD

“We have been touch with Osmosis Skincare as we are very keen to see any evidence to support its claims regarding Harmonised H20 UV protection. At this stage the claims [...]

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Challenge the scammers who claim to cure

Ridiculous remedies for baldness, snoring and everyday ailments are met with much eye-rolling here at NHS Choices, with the latest vaginal steaming as a cure for many ills really taking [...]

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Claims about cancer fighting foods

A friend pointed out to me an article in The Sun that linked a number of foods as being effective at treating cancer, gout, stress and other health issues [...]

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Miracle cures for cancer? Ask for the evidence

At Cancer Research UK, we’re often asked about alternative cancer cures. These are usually circulated on the internet and end up plastered onto our Facebook page (often accompanied by the [...]

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DNA dating website, do compatible genes make for a better relationship?

I read an article in the Independent about a DNA dating website, Genepartner.com, selling a genetic compatibility test (for $US249) based on the claims that genetic compatibility results in a [...]

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Can Protexo air filter improve quality of life for asthma sufferers by 15%?

A recent article in the Daily Mail claimed that Protexo, a machine that filters out allergens in the air, could improve the quality of life of asthma sufferers by 15%. [...]

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Mobile App to prevent pain caused by 'text neck'

Recently I have come across several articles in the tabloids describing a painful condition called ‘text neck’, caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period. It is claimed [...]

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Is there evidence that Vitabiotics’ supplements can improve athletic performance to 'gold-winning standard?'

On London underground advertisements, Vitabiotics claimed that taking their supplements (Wellwoman/Wellman) helped to improve athletic performance to gold-winning standard. I asked Vitabiotics for evidence to back this up. They responded by [...]

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Finitro Forte Plus joint and cartilage pills

Looking for evidence about Finitro Forte Plus? Peter asked the company for the evidence behind their claim - here's his story. Want resources to understand evidence? Visit here. Want to [...]

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