Tag Archive for misinformation

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Grant awarded to monitor anti-vax efforts sparks paranoia for vaccine questioner

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds a grant program called “Grand Challenges in Global Health”. The program seeks out and rewards “not only established researchers in science and technology, but also young investigators, entrepreneurs and innovators to help expand the pipeline of ideas to fight diseases that claim millions of lives each year.” Grand…

Sticky misinformation stays with you until you actively peel it off

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Another gem from the researcher that brought us news about conspiracy beliefs. Misinformation: Why it sticks and how to fix it. Why does that kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores this phenomenon. The main reason that misinformation…

Donald Trump has a theory about vaccines and autism

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Trump warns Fox News viewers: Autism caused by vaccines Business mogul Donald Trump chose the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day to reveal that he “strongly” believes that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are linked to exposure to vaccines. In a Monday interview on Fox News, the reality star explained that a series of casual observations…

Doctors losing patience with patients over vaccinations

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Pediatricians get more firm when parents refuse vaccines Dr. Lori Breaux knows firsthand why an unvaccinated child is a health risk. Her 2-week-old infant ended up in an intensive care unit with whooping cough after she had treated a patient with the disease while pregnant. She’s one of many pediatricians who are taking tougher stands…