Health

Fact checks about medical conditions, the NHS, social care and government funding of national health services

29 June 2022

Microwaves don’t make food ‘highly toxic’

A video on Instagram falsely claims that microwave ovens destroy all the nutritional value in food and turn it into a “toxin”.

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Microwaves don’t make food ‘highly toxic’
28 June 2022

Covid vaccines won’t stop people getting pregnant

There’s no evidence the vaccines affect fertility.

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Covid vaccines won’t stop people getting pregnant
28 June 2022

Study on male fertility doesn’t show depopulation plan

Certain measures of male fertility in sperm donors was found to temporarily drop between 2.5 and five months after vaccination.

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Study on male fertility doesn’t show depopulation plan
27 June 2022

No evidence deaths from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome are really caused by Covid-19 vaccines

Claims that cases of sudden, unexpected deaths are actually the result of Covid-19 vaccines are unevidenced. Nor is there currently any evidence that these deaths have become more common in …

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No evidence deaths from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome are really caused by Covid-19 vaccines
27 June 2022

Unvaccinated people are still dying from Covid-19

An Instagram post claiming that “the unvaccinated aren’t dying” is not correct. Sadly, unvaccinated people are still dying from Covid-19 and other causes.

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Unvaccinated people are still dying from Covid-19
24 June 2022

No evidence that parabens in cosmetics cause 99% of cancers

A Facebook post claiming that 99% of cancers are caused by parabens found in cosmetics is not true.

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No evidence that parabens in cosmetics cause 99% of cancers
23 June 2022

Public information film about the dangers of electricity has not been banned

A segment of a 1970s short film warning about the dangers of playing near electrical substations has not been banned.

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Public information film about the dangers of electricity has not been banned
22 June 2022

No evidence nutrients ‘reverse’ ADHD

Possible links between some nutrients and ADHD have been studied, but there’s no evidence they reverse it.

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No evidence nutrients ‘reverse’ ADHD
22 June 2022

RMT exaggerates money ‘wasted’ on PPE and NHS Test and Trace

Funding the NHS for years would cost far more than the total amount spent—let alone “wasted”—on PPE and Test and Trace during the pandemic.

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RMT exaggerates money ‘wasted’ on PPE and NHS Test and Trace
20 June 2022

Child self-harm numbers in the Guardian, Mirror and Independent don’t reflect survey’s actual findings

About 3% of parents taking part in a survey said their children had begun to self-harm in response to the cost of living crisis.

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Child self-harm numbers in the Guardian, Mirror and Independent don’t reflect survey’s actual findings

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