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12 May
Debunking Social Media Myth, Study Finds COVID Vaccine Won't Harm Placenta

Debunking Social Media Myth, Study Finds COVID Vaccine Won't Harm Placenta

Contrary to misleading reports spread on social media, a new study finds the COVID-19 vaccine does no damage to the placenta in pregnancy.

In a study of placentas from patients who were vaccinated for COVID-19 during pregnancy, researchers found no evidence of any harm....

01 Apr
1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

1 in 4 Parents Won't Vaccinate Their Kids Against COVID-19: Poll

More than one-quarter of U.S. parents don't plan to vaccinate their kids for COVID-19, and roughly as many oppose school-required coronavirus shots, a new study finds.

This opposition was more common among moms than dads, and was especially common among white mothers who...

18 Mar
Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Still Leery of COVID Vaccines? Top Expert Debunks Those Myths

Don't believe everything you hear: A sizable minority of Americans are still hesitant about getting the new COVID-19 vaccine, but their fears are mostly not warranted, a leading vaccine expert says.

"Not only has it been shown to be safe in tens of thousands of people be...

17 Mar
Talks With Doctors May Be Key to Vaccine Acceptance: Study

Talks With Doctors May Be Key to Vaccine Acceptance: Study

Talking with their doctors may help convince reluctant Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines, evidence from a previous pandemic suggests.

Researchers analyzed responses from more than 19,000 people in the United States who were surveyed during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in...

12 Mar
'Birthing Girdle' Shows Traces of Medieval Women in Labor

'Birthing Girdle' Shows Traces of Medieval Women in Labor

In medieval Europe, when childbirth was highly perilous for both mother and child, women and those caring for them used various talismans to try to influence a safe delivery.

Not many of those relics have survived, but scientists have been studying one -- a parchment "bi...

05 Mar
When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen

When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen

Readers pay attention when social media sites label an article as "unverified" or "suspicious," a new study suggests.

But how an article is presented -- including author credentials and writing style -- doesn't affect readers' views about its credibility.

The findi...

29 Jan
Anti-Vaxxers Mounting Internet Campaigns Against COVID-19 Shots

Anti-Vaxxers Mounting Internet Campaigns Against COVID-19 Shots

People who are hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine don't have to work hard to find internet rumors and theories that will fuel their fears regarding the vaccine's safety.

That's because anti-vaccine groups and individuals are working overtime to promote frighteni...

08 Jan
Facebook Posts Big Drivers in Vaccine Resistance, Study Finds

Facebook Posts Big Drivers in Vaccine Resistance, Study Finds

As Americans await their COVID-19 shot, a new study of a different vaccine shows the power of Facebook posts in fueling "anti-vax" resistance to immunization.

The study included more than 10 years of public Facebook posts on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It fou...

21 Dec
Don't Believe Vaccine Myths

Don't Believe Vaccine Myths

There's a lot of misinformation about vaccines as the United States begins its massive COVID-19 vaccination program, so an expert wants to dispel the many myths about vaccines in general.

Vaccines are among the most heavily studied of all drugs, and the evidence shows th...

23 Oct
'Tough Guy' Mentality Keeps Athletes in Denial About Pain

'Tough Guy' Mentality Keeps Athletes in Denial About Pain

A culture of toughness and resilience is encouraged among elite college rowers, but it can keep them from reporting injuries, a new study finds.

There's an overall myth among athletes that admitting pain is a sign of weakness and failure, the researchers said.

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14 May
COVID-19 Facts or Fiction: 1 in 4 YouTube Videos Misleads Viewers

COVID-19 Facts or Fiction: 1 in 4 YouTube Videos Misleads Viewers

More than one-quarter of popular English-language COVID-19 information videos posted to YouTube are misleading, researchers warn.

There are posts, for example, falsely claiming that drug companies already have a cure for COVID-19, but won't sell it, and that differe...

23 Apr
Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Abound, and They Could Cause Real Harm

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Abound, and They Could Cause Real Harm

Whenever societies are placed under stress, conspiracy theories blaming this or that nefarious agent for secretly fomenting the threat inevitably arise.

It's no different during the current coronavirus crisis.

Some of the evidence-free hoaxes circulating no...

24 Feb
Social Media Stokes Myths About Vaccines

Social Media Stokes Myths About Vaccines

Nearly 1 in 5 American adults has mistaken beliefs about vaccines, and misinformation is more common among those who rely on social media than on traditional media, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed nearly 2,500 adults nationwide in the spring and fall of 2019,...

23 Apr
Asthma Myths That Can Hurt You

Asthma Myths That Can Hurt You

Even though asthma is common in the United States, there are many misconceptions about the respiratory disease, an allergy/immunology expert says.

"Asthma is a serious condition that affects more than 26 million Americans -- more than 8% of the population," Dr. T...

16 Apr
Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

Mistaken beliefs about sleep are common and pose a significant health threat, a new study warns.

Among these myths: some people only need five hours of sleep; snoring is harmless; a drink before bedtime helps you fall asleep.

"Sleep is a vital part of life ...

29 Mar
More Americans Now Think Vaping Is Harmful

More Americans Now Think Vaping Is Harmful

Amid growing concern about the safety of e-cigarettes, more American adults now believe vaping is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of people who considered e-cigarettes less harmful than tobacco cigarettes dropped significan...

04 Mar
Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

Largest Study Ever Finds No Link Between Measles Vaccine, Autism

Amid ongoing U.S. measles outbreaks, one of the largest studies to date provides fresh evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism.

Danish researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, even when they focused on chi...

28 Feb
Sleeping In on Weekends May Not Repay Your Sleep 'Debt'

Sleeping In on Weekends May Not Repay Your Sleep 'Debt'

People who are sleep-deprived during the week often try to make up for it on weekends. But a new study suggests the tactic may backfire.

Researchers found that weekday sleep loss had negative effects on people's metabolism -- and "catch-up" sleep on the weekend did n...

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