Health

A rotten apple spoils the barrel: the fad of drinking apple cider vinegar to lose weight

Apple cider vinegar is often promoted for weight loss, yet the studies show there's no miraculous benefit to drinking the acidic juice.

A viral post wrongly claimed omicron had been detected in July – here’s why that’s not true

A little familiarity with internet archives and web page source code can help us check viral claims about Covid, and skewer misinformation.

Aaron Rodgers is just the latest in a long line of sports stars touting health nonsense

When Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit the headlines with his vaccine misinformation, he joined the sporting pseudoscience hall of fame

If a lateral flow test says you have COVID-19 – you almost certainly have COVID-19

There's nothing 'bizarre' about having a positive lateral flow test but a negative PCR - all tests have limitations, so assume any positive result means you have Covid.

Dental surgeries need to reassess Covid safety measures as we recover from the pandemic

Society has begun to return to some form of normality. But what’s changed in the dental surgery? And how will the profession, and healthcare in general, recover in the future?

‘A Mystery to Ourselves’: from the Witches of Warboys, to an epidemic of Tik Tok tics

Our lives, our peers and the times we live in can have compelling effects on the afflictions we experience - whether those afflictions are physical, or psychological

The BBC’s ‘Sickness and Lies’ adds to the stigma disabled and chronically ill people experience

A BBC documentary on whether chronic illness influencers were 'faking it' only served to heap more judgement and stigma onto disabled and chronically ill people

‘Prevent Senior’ in Brazil accused of conducting unethical medical experiments on Covid patients

Even after Brazil's "Covid kit" of alternative treatments was shown to be ineffective, doctors were given sales targets to keep prescribing - with official guidance on how to classify away patients who died from Covid.

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