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Thursday, January 10 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Truth Behind the Headlines: Thinking critically about healthcare advice (270)

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Does bacon really cause cancer? Can garlic treat the common cold?
Every day – on the internet, in conversations with friends and family, in the news – we’re exposed to numerous claims about health and health care. Claims may be biased, unsubstantiated, or inaccurate. Making sense of claims – whether they’re about drugs or diet – can be difficult but it is also important. At best, making health decisions on the basis of misleading claims is a waste of time and money. At worst, it can be harmful.
Cochrane UK deliver an interactive workshop encouraging students to think critically about healthcare claims. Aimed at students in years 10-12, the workshop explores the importance of evidence in making healthcare decisions, encourages scepticism and signposts students to reliable sources to search for evidence.

Speakers
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Selena Ryan-Vig

Communications and Engagement Officer, Cochrane UK
Selena Ryan-Vig is the Communications and Engagement Officer at Cochrane UK, part of Cochrane; a global not-for-profit organization working to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Selena's role primarily... Read More →
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Lynda Ware

Senior Fellow in General Practice, Cochrane UK
Lynda is a Senior Fellow in General Practice with Cochrane UK. Her background is in primary care and she was a GP partner in rural Oxfordshire for over thirty years with particular clinical interests in psychiatry and women's health. Since joining Cochrane UK in 2014, she has visited... Read More →


Thursday January 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Biosciences NG08