IHC in the news 2016-2022

6 December 2023

Media articles, editorials, videos, blogposts about or by the Informed Health Choices project, from 2016-2022.



Educational interventions to improve primary and secondary school students’ ability to make informed health choices
A recording of this roundtable discussion can be found here

Be Health Informed
Checkology lesson, from News Literacy Project
Host: Dr. Melissa Clarke

Media reports on health interventions: quality or questionable?
Matt Oxman interviewed by F1000Research

Getting Rid of Joe Rogan Won’t Solve the Health Misinformation Problem
Julia Belluz, John Lavis, The New York Times


Informed Health Choices, the course that teaches scientific thinking in medicine to children
Daniela Di Iorio, Corriere.it


Insegnare il pensiero critico è possibile, fin dalla scuola primaria
Camilla Alderighi, Raffaele Rasoini, Scienzainrete, 22/11/2o20

Kritisk tenkning om helsepåstander
Andy Oxman and Atle Fretheim, Naturfag 2020; 1:58-60.

Treatments can harm
Selena Ryan-Vig, Evidently Cochrane,
From a blog series building on IHC Key Concepts: 
Oh Really? 12 things to help you question health advice

An urgent call for governments to improve pandemic communications, and address health literacy concerns
Editor: Melissa Sweet  Authors: Kirsten McCaffery, Danielle Muscat and Jan Donovan, Croakey

Media and literacy – Lessons from around the world (PDF)
Dora-Olivia Vicol, Full Fact

Helping the truth catch up: Full Fact, Africa Check and Chequeado turn to research to fight bad information
Dora-Olivia Vicol, Amy Sippitt, Full Fact

There are lots of ways to combat misinformation. Here are some creative ones from across three continents
Hannaa’ Tameez, Nieman Lab, Harvard


David Sackett Prize awarded to Sir Iain Chalmers

Cierto o falso (PDF)
Javier Sampedro, El País

‘Not all evidence is created equal’: project develops principles for reporting on claims about policy impact
Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Poynter.

Vi trenger tverrfaglig samarbeid om kritisk tenking
Matt Oxman, Forskersonen (kronikk), Forskning.no 

The Documentary: You can handle the truth (audio, 53 minutes)
The Documentary: How children are fighting misinformation (video, 3 minutes)
BBC World Service, with Sir David Spiegelhalter and producer Sandra Kanthal

Alfabetizando en salud
Giordano Pérez Gaxiola, TEDxHumaya (video, 5 minutes)

Viñetas y canciones para aprender a pensar sobre la salud de forma crítica
Montse León García, Pablo Alonso-Coello y Laura Martínez García, SINC – La ciencia es noticia

True or false: How to recognise an untrustworthy claim about the effects of a health treatment?
Alana Orpen, F1000 Research blog


Interview with Andy Oxman
National Elf Service (audio, 5 minutes)

Slik unngår du å bli lurt av dårlig forskning
Marit Garfjeld, NRK

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop pseudoscience winning?
Julia Belluz, Vox

True or False? How to spot a health myth!
BBC What’s new? (video, 2:42 minutes)

Forlenger kaffe egentlig livet?
Matt Oxman and Gro Jamtvedt, Aftenposten

Fad diets, alternative therapies and vaccine scares: How to ‘inoculate’ your child against health myths
Anna Gulland, The Telegraph

Dr. Oz is a quack. Now Trump’s appointing him to be a health adviser
Julia Belluz, Vox

Can you think more critically than a child?
Take the health test, PlayBuzz (quiz)

Primary school kids in Uganda and their parents can be taught how to spot unreliable claims about the effects of treatments
International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care, 24th Newsletter 2017

Can kids spot fake news when it comes to health claims?
Sandra Galvin & Declane Devane, RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland)

What do we mean by Informed Health Choice?
Carl Heneghan, BMJ EBM Spotlight

Decisiones de salud
Gonzalo Casino, IntraMed


Could kids in Uganda do this podcast better than we can? 
Matt Fox, Chris Gill, Don Thea, Free Associations Journal club (podcast)
Boston University School of Public Health 

Et si les enfants étaient le remède aux fake news?
Par La rédaction, What the fake

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims
Leah Shaffer, Mind/Shift (NPR)

Open Content Notification Letter from WiderNet
Laura Ashcraft, Digital Librarian, WiderNet Project

President’s Address 2017 – Trust in numbers.
Sir David Spiegelhalter, Royal Statistical Society (video)

Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s pseudoscience winning?
Julia Belluz, Vox

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame for the ridiculous ‘treatments’ Goop promotes
Arthur Caplan and Timothy Caulfield, Stat

Critical thinking can be taught
Science Daily

This researcher may have discovered the antidote to health bullshit
Julia Belluz and Alvin Chang, Vox

A comic textbook helps dispel bogus health claims in Uganda
Carol Hills, PRI’s The World (with radio interview)

Doctors have decades of experience fighting “fake news.” Here’s how they win.
Julia Belluz, Vox

Kreativitet og kritisk tenking
Psykologibloggen (Podcast – prosjektomtalen starter ved 17:30 min.)

Children Make Sense of Health Claims
Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane, Ehealth News, South Africa

Key Concepts for Assessing Treatment Claims: A New Blog Series
Selena Ryan-Vig, Students 4 Best Evidence

Kan vi lære skoleelever kritisk tenkning om helsepåstander? (Seminar Oslo 8. Juni, påmelding)

“Quien paga la factura de la investigación médica ineficaz es la sociedad”
Blanca Blay, eldiario.es

Helping children detect unreliable health claims
Richard Lehman’s journal review, The BMJ Opinion

Informing health choices in low-resource settings
Laura Gauer Bermudez, Stephanie A Grilo, John S Santelli & Fred M Ssewamala, The Lancet

Trust the evidence: Sir Iain Chalmers (podcast interview)
Dr. Kamal R. Mahtani, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Les enfants seraient la meilleure solution aux fake news
Vanessa Burggraf, Radio Nova

¿El antídoto contra la charlatanería en salud?
Dr. Giordano Pérez Gaxiola, Noroeste

Così si insegna ai bambini come difendersi dalle bufale
Stefano Dalla Casa, Wired Italia

Kayue, The News Lens

Gesundheits­unterricht in der Schule zeigt Wirkung

How training schoolkids to spot dodgy health claims could help fight fake news
Peter Cunliffe-Jones, Africa Check

Lærer barn å tenke kritisk om helse
Ida Kvittingen, Forskning.no
Teaching children to think critically about health
(English translation by Nancy Bazilchuk for ScienceNordic)

Belief in health bullshit is a global problem; a big study points to solutions
Matt Shipman, Health News Review

Teaching children to assess claims and make informed choices
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Education Endowment Foundation, Research Council of Norway, The Lancet

How to protect yourself from bogus claims about so-called alternative medicine
Edzard Ernst, blog


Scientists Are Training Schoolchildren to Detect Health-Related BS
Kate Horowitz, Mental Floss

Discernment: Crucial To Our Children’s Success? 
Dora Yip, Asian Scientist

New program uses comics to teach kids about junk science
Adriana Barton, The Globe and Mail

Immunizing children against deadly bullshit
Matt Oxman, HealthNewsReview.com

Come insegnare ai bambini a difendersi dalle bufale?
Stefano Dalla Casa, Wired Italia

Our world is awash in bullshit health claims. These scientists want to train kids to spot them.
Julia Belluz, Vox

Teaching children to make better health decisions
Richard Smith, BMJ Blogs

Evaluar mensajes de salud es cosa de niños
Gonzalo Casino, Escepticemia

Teaching kids to assess goopy health claims
Matt Oxman, Evidently Cochrane

Kan vi lære skoleelever kritisk tenkning om helsepåstander?
Can we teach kids to think critically about health claims? (English translation)
Matt Oxman, Lena Nordheim & Atle Fretheim, Aftenposten


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