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The NHS Is Calling Out Journalists On Twitter For Getting Their Facts Wrong

The NHS is getting sassy with its #BehindTheHeadlines campaign.

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But it's fair to say that the headlines aren't always entirely watertight, and the NHS has had enough.

Its Behind the Headlines campaign is dedicated to calling out newspapers and journalists when they get a health story wrong.

Headline on green tea and cancer debunked. More here: http://t.co/O6CFeUnpoE #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

Headline on green tea and cancer debunked. More here: http://t.co/O6CFeUnpoE #BehindTheHeadlines

8:00 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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It has scorned "poor" reporting by The Times.

Thoughts on this? MT"@NHSChoices:Claims 'men worsen labour pain' unproven:http://t.co/dMLG4I76Mo #BehindTheHeadlines "

You+Baby@youplusbabyFollow

Thoughts on this? MT"@NHSChoices:Claims 'men worsen labour pain' unproven:http://t.co/dMLG4I76Mo #BehindTheHeadlines "

5:43 PM - 22 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's "no evidence" that a deep-fried Mars bar could give you an instant stroke, apparently.

There is no evidence for this over-alarmist headline. Read about the study http://t.co/ndBlSIvjYe #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

There is no evidence for this over-alarmist headline. Read about the study http://t.co/ndBlSIvjYe #BehindTheHeadlines

6:00 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's not all that much evidence for life after death either.

Questions about life after death remain unanswered. Don't believe the hype http://t.co/uiMwoDcn93 #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

Questions about life after death remain unanswered. Don't believe the hype http://t.co/uiMwoDcn93 #BehindTheHeadlines

2:30 PM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The NHS doesn't like it when newspapers write about studies on rodents.

Could Viagra cause visual disturbance in some men? Check out the research: http://t.co/XZCDVAC8vO #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

Could Viagra cause visual disturbance in some men? Check out the research:
http://t.co/XZCDVAC8vO #BehindTheHeadlines

5:08 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"It's a pity no one thought to mention that this was a laboratory study on rats."

Nitrate-rich leafy greens 'good for the heart': http://t.co/BQzrPKpag3 #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

Nitrate-rich leafy greens 'good for the heart': http://t.co/BQzrPKpag3 #BehindTheHeadlines

11:15 AM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Cherry juice only seems to help fight gout if you don't already have gout.

This study recruited healthy young volunteers who didn't even have gout. http://t.co/3uK9NMS3ha #BehindTheHeadlines:

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

This study recruited healthy young volunteers who didn't even have gout. http://t.co/3uK9NMS3ha #BehindTheHeadlines:

5:00 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The claim that "crash diets DO work" is "misguided".

Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided. More here: http://t.co/G7bUBBjTm6 #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided. More here: http://t.co/G7bUBBjTm6 #BehindTheHeadlines

5:40 PM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's "no need for shift workers to avoid steak".

No need for nightshift workers to avoid steak - more here: http://t.co/jt8AFzzljA #BehindTheHeadlines

NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

No need for nightshift workers to avoid steak - more here: http://t.co/jt8AFzzljA #BehindTheHeadlines

6:00 PM - 25 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Nobody really knows if cocoa gives pensioners a memory boost.

MT"@NHSChoices: A mug of cocoa not a cure:http://t.co/3SRslmnYld #BehindTheHeadlines " so many baseless health claims

Shapesmith Fitness@ShapesmithBevFollow

MT"@NHSChoices: A mug of cocoa not a cure:http://t.co/3SRslmnYld #BehindTheHeadlines " so many baseless health claims

9:34 AM - 28 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Vegetables don't "cure" type 2 diabetes.

RT @theGBDOC: “@NHSChoices: Vegetarian diet 'could have slight benefits in diabetes' #BehindTheHeadlines ”

Nuturna Europe@NuturnaEUFollow

RT @theGBDOC: “@NHSChoices: Vegetarian diet 'could have slight benefits in diabetes' #BehindTheHeadlines ”

2:05 PM - 26 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And flu jabs aren't "useless".

“@NHSChoices: Flu jab is not a 'waste of time' -http://t.co/5DOc1KGiLV #BehindTheHeadlines ”PR? What odds effective?

James Raftery@jpraftFollow

“@NHSChoices: Flu jab is not a 'waste of time' -http://t.co/5DOc1KGiLV #BehindTheHeadlines ”PR? What odds effective?

9:02 PM - 06 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, the papers aren't wrong all of the time.

“@NHSChoices: 'game-changing' antibiotic discovered: http://t.co/9TwTeBsJFy #BehindTheHeadlines ” let's not abuse it!

richard neal@kids_ccuFollow

“@NHSChoices: 'game-changing' antibiotic discovered: http://t.co/9TwTeBsJFy #BehindTheHeadlines ” let's not abuse it!

10:59 PM - 09 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Journalists, you've been rekt by the NHS.

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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