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Need help evaluating your sources? Use the acronym, ACT UP, to determine whether or not a resource is right for you.
AS YOU READ HEALTH NEWS, ASK YOURSELF...
You might need to find more information about the study/studies being described, in order to assess the article's accuracy or fill in the gaps. If the article doesn't answer some of these questions, chances are it's not telling the whole story.
Where's the evidence?
Does the article support its claims with scientific research?
Did the study actually assess what's in the headline?
Does the article address limitations & biases?
Was the research in humans?
How many people did it include?
Did the study have a control group?
Who paid for and conducted the study?
RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING HEALTH NEWS
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NHS Behind the Headlines
Evaluates recent news articles for accuracy and bias. From the UK's National Health Service.
Finding and Evaluating Online Resources
Tips from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.