We would like to share with you a new resource developed in collaboration with our colleagues in the HRB Trials Methodology Research Network
iHealthFacts is a resource where the public can quickly and easily check the reliability of a health claim circulated by social media.
Every day, claims are made about a range of health related topics, including the effects of drugs, specific foods and cancer risk, risks and benefits of moderate alcohol consumption or magic diet pill, nutrient or exercise plans.
These claims can be made by anyone including journalists, health care professionals, marketing companies, governments, researchers, celebrities and by family and friends.
Unreliable claims can lead to poorly informed choices, under- or over-use of actions intended to improve or maintain health and unnecessary waste and human suffering.
We hope this resource will become a useful tool in helping good evidence address the claims that are circulating, in particular during this pandemic, and also help engage the general public in questioning the claims they are confronted with.
Check out some of the health claims reviewed to date: