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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more

Science-Based Medicine - October 19, 2017 - 8:47am
The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.
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Did a Drag Queen in a ‘Demonic’ Outfit Read a Sexually Explicit Book to Children at a Public Library?

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 12:37pm
Right-wing web sites used alarmist language and false claims to describe a reading event at a California library.
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Urban Legend: Drilled Wire

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 11:56am
A competitor one-ups a company proud of their new ultra-thin wire by drilling a hole through it.
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Trump Got a Spray Tan in the Oval Office?

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 11:29am
A staged photograph actually shows a presidential lookalike.
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Is Mindfulness Meditation Science-Based?

Science-Based Medicine - October 18, 2017 - 8:44am
Existing research has not yet clearly defined what mindfulness is and what effect it has. The hype clearly has gone beyond the science, and more rigorous research is needed to determine what specific effects there are, if any.
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Is Mindfulness Meditation Science-Based?

Science-Based Medicine - October 18, 2017 - 8:44am
Existing research has not yet clearly defined what mindfulness is and what effect it has. The hype clearly has gone beyond the science, and more rigorous research is needed to determine what specific effects there are, if any.
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US Rep: Trump Says Fallen Soldier Knew What He Signed Up For

Snopes - October 18, 2017 - 8:39am
Rep. Frederica Wilson said President Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a fallen soldier, that he "knew what he signed up for." Trump denies it.
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Will Burning Bay Leaves Reduce Anxiety?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 7:05pm
A chemical compound found in the leaves of the bay laurel may affect mood, but the results are inconclusive and not necessarily relevant to bay leaf smoke.
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Did a Football Fan Sit on an American Flag While Wearing a Shirt Reading ‘I Stand for the National Anthem’?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 6:25pm
A sports news web site published the photograph, which was taken during a game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.
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Did ‘Mexican Drug Cartels’ Start the California Wildfires?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 6:05pm
Disreputable web sites provide no evidence to support a half-baked theory about the cause of the October 2017 fires.
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Is Ireland Lowering Its Corporate Tax Rate?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 5:08pm
An Irish government official refutes U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, whose source is entirely unclear.
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President Obama Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Weinstein, Weiner, Clinton, and Cosby?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 2:55pm
A meme claiming that President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and Bill Cosby uses doctored images.
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Was This Coyote Given a Bath After Being Mistaken for a Dog?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 2:36pm
A photograph showing a coyote in a bathtub was circulated with an inaccurate backstory in October 2017.
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Was Freddy Krueger From ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Based on a Real Serial Murderer?

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 12:32pm
The explanatory last line of a Halloween joke about a real-life Freddy Krueger was removed in subsequent shares.
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‘Trailer Park Boys’ Actor John Dunsworth Dies at 71

Snopes - October 17, 2017 - 9:52am
The Canadian actor, who played Mr. Lahey on the comedy series, died after a short illness.
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Chiropractor Disregards the Loss of His License, Continues to Treat Patients with Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotics

Science-Based Medicine - October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
A chiropractor who bills himself as a chiropractic gynecologist has continued to practice after his license was permanently revoked. Among his many questionable practices, Nick LeRoy is treating cervical dysplasia with escharotics, a potentially dangerous replacement for conventional treatments to prevent cancer.
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Chiropractor Disregards the Loss of His License, Continues to Treat Patients with Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotics

Science-Based Medicine - October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
A chiropractor who bills himself as a chiropractic gynecologist has continued to practice after his license was permanently revoked. Among his many questionable practices, he is treating cervical dysplasia with escharotics, a potentially dangerous replacement for conventional treatments to prevent cancer.
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Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard ‘Missing’?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 11:39pm
Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.
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Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 11:11pm
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.
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Did a Mandalay Bay Hotel Worker ‘Vanish’ After Giving an Interview?

Snopes - October 16, 2017 - 9:18pm
A disreputable web site published an illogical and inaccurate conspiracy theory about a valet worker who reportedly had a brush with the Las Vegas gunman.
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