The South African government’s mineral resources department claims there has been a “42% reduction in occupational diseases in the mining sector. ” Is this true? And what timeframe are they referring to?
You don’t need pills to treat depression. That is the startling claim made recently in the lifestyle section of a prominent South African news website and at least two weekend newspapers. But the claim is a gross simplification of a complex issue.
The lifestyle sections and health pages of many major newspapers and magazines routinely tout questionable health claims that are not supported by scientific research or evidence. This is a guide to evaluating the legitimacy of those claims and reporting responsibly on them.
From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough “cures” for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims.
A recent discussion on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 put the practice of eating human placenta (ahem) on the table. While there are reports of some people doing it out of curiosity, a host of new mothers say they choose to eat their placenta for health reasons. Africa Check investigated.
Eggplant, brinjal or aubergine — the dark-purple fruit has many guises; but is it also a colon cancer-fighting superfood as a prominent dietician would have Nigerians believe? As Africa Check discovered, there is no proof to support the claim.
Can herbal remedies dissolve abnormal tissue growths in the uterus, known as fibroids? According to a recent article in Nigeria’s The Nation, there is proof they can. We found no evidence to support the claim.