Health misinformation is amongst the most dangerous types of false news content as lives may literally depend on getting facts right. From those "guaranteed" weight-loss tricks to parents feeding their children bleach to "cure" autism, most medical quackery is spread in private social groups which often makes it harder to detect.
To help you cure the health misinformation disease, Fabiola Torres Lopez put together these six tips on how to identify false health news.
"The easiest way to spot bad health journalism is when an article makes unsubstantiated claims. For example, phrases like "doctors cannot explain it, but..." or "a scientific study shows," followed by no specific details of the type of study or limitations of the research should immediately set off red flags," she wrote.