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While misinformation has been the object of great attention in politics, medical misinformation might have an even greater body count. As is true with fake news in general, medical lies tend to spread further than truths on the internet — and they have very real repercussions. Click here for full article
Chickenpox Outbreak at School Linked to Vaccine Exemptions
The red rash associated with chickenpox. A private school in North Carolina is grappling with a chickenpox outbreak that has so far infected at least 36 students.CreditTuomas Lehtinen/Alamy
A child in Florida who had not received the flu vaccine died from the virus, state officials announced on Monday, the first influenza-related pediatric death reported in the country this flu season. Read more
One of the most widely held beliefs about autistic people — that they are not interested in other people — is almost certainly wrong. Our understanding of autism has changed quite a bit over the past century, but this particular belief has been remarkably persistent. Read more
A popular claim in the antivaccination movement that too many vaccines can set children up for poor immunity overall has been refuted in a new study. Click here for more information
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Rice cereal is often a baby’s first solid food, but it contains relatively high amounts of arsenic, a source of growing concern. Now an advocacy group reports that while the levels of this potentially toxic substance in infant rice cereals have dropped slightly in recent years, rice cereals still contain six times more inorganic arsenic, on average, than infant cereals made with other grains like barley or oatmeal. Click here for full article
Sugar-sweetened drinks are not as popular as they once were.
According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent of adults drank a sugary beverage on any given day in 2014, down from 79.7 percent of children and 61.5 percent of adults in 2003. Click here for the full article.
Relax, You Don’t Need to ‘Eat Clean’
The effects are more insidious than any overindulgent amount of “bad food” can ever be. By fretting about food, we turn occasions for comfort and joy into sources of fear and anxiety. And when we avoid certain foods, we usually compensate by consuming too much of others. Click here for full article