Hype v. Hope in medical news

When analyzing medical news or information, there are several things you should look for to assess whether they are a reliable site that is providing evidence-based information.

  • Credentials of authors
  • Pop up ads trying to sell something
  • Emotional or inflammatory language
  • Personal stories or testimonials rather than statistics
  • No evidence that correlation = causation
  • Stating “facts” without citing sources
  • Links to unreliable sources, such as other blogs or “unofficial studies” (not primary journal articles)

Below are links to some websites that provide reliable medical information or medical news. You can also look for the Hon Code logo.


Medical Information Sites

Sites that evaluate and analyze medical/health information

News Sites

Examples of non-reliable sources of medical or health news.