Jessica P. Johnson

Science Editor, Biology

Jessica holds an MS in microbiology from UMass Amherst and an MS in science journalism from Boston University. She has conducted laboratory and field research in biofuels and environmental restoration. And since 2011 she has covered science research news for PNAS, Nature Medicine, The Scientist, and others.

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

Claim that not all smokers develop lung discoloration ignores severe health risks linked to smoking

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The black lung lie: It’s the widespread belief that smokers’ lungs turn black.

SOURCE: Frank Davis, cfrankdavis.wordpress.com

Published: 31 Dec 2019

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HIV drug Truvada linked to kidney damage and bone density loss, but risks are low and usually outweighed by the drug’s benefits

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You took Truvada to help protect against HIV, not increase your risk of kidney or bone problems.

SOURCE: Anonymous, A Case for Women

Published: 24 Dec 2019

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Bone spurs occasionally form at the base of human skulls, but their growth has not been linked to the use of handheld devices

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‘Horns’ are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

SOURCE: Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post

Published: 19 Nov 2019

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