Aaron Bernstein

Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Science Feedback team

ARTICLE REVIEWS

CNN article accurately reports an increased risk of heart attack from cannabis use in young people, but lacks context on difference between absolute and relative risk

in CNN, by Megan Marples

— 21 Sep 2021

"Yes, it’s true that the data suggest a “doubling” of risk for cardiac problems in cannabis users, but the article confuses “absolute” risk and “relative” risk. Those..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Clinical trials showed that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is safe; its side effects are mostly mild

CLAIM
80% of people taking the Moderna vaccine had significant side effects; children in Sudan got polio from the polio vaccine

SOURCE: Joe Rogan, The Joe Rogan Experience

Published: 26 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Oxygen in the air doesn’t prevent people from getting tetanus through cuts with dirty or rusty objects; the vaccine is important to prevent infection

CLAIM
“The tetanus bacteria is an anaerobic bacteria. That means that it cannot live in the presence of oxygen. You cannot get tetanus by stepping on a rusty nail.“

SOURCE: Steven Baker, Facebook

Published: 15 Mar 2021

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

What has been the effect of the pandemic on the suicide rate of the U.S. population?

— 21 Jun 2021

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic prompted countries everywhere to take measures to reduce the spread of the disease. One of these measures, which has proven to be effective (as c...