These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, this is a pro-science medical information website that scientifically sources its information but sometimes promotes alternative health.
Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Healthline Media was founded in 1999 as YourDoctor.com, by endocrine specialist Dr. James Norman. In 2006, the company was re-launched as Healthline Networks. Healthline.com is the Healthline Media’s website, Healthline.com, is a destination site for health and wellness information, and a competitor to WebMD.
Funded by / Ownership
Healthline is owned by Summit Partners. They generate revenue through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Healthline provides health and wellness information that is scientifically based. Most articles are written in an easy-to-understand format and sourced to medical journals. However, this website also covers alternative health that is unproven to be effective. For example, they promote Health Benefits of Throat Chakra Stones, which does not have scientific data to prove that it works. While Healthline lists the supposed benefits of Throat Chakra Stones, they also indicate several times in the articles that there isn’t scientific evidence to support their use. It might be best just not to report on unproven alt health. With this said most content is factual and scientific, however, because they allow room for pseudoscience we rate them Mostly Factual rather than High.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, this is a pro-science medical information website that scientifically sources its information but sometimes promotes alternative health. (D. Van Zandt 2/23/2018) Updated (3/24/2021)