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- Overall, we rate Medical News Today Pro-Science and High for factual reporting as most of their information is well-sourced and based on traditional medicine. We recommend caution and further research on any articles related to alternative medicine, which is considered a pseudoscience.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
According to their about page: “Founded in 2003, Medical News Today has established itself as a market leader for medical news, providing concise and accurate information that stands out in the ocean of content that is health on the internet. Content is targeted to an educated audience of both healthcare professionals and patients alike. The editorial team provides news from evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies, along with accurate, unbiased and informative content from governmental organizations (e.g. FDA, CDC, NIH, NHS), medical societies, royal colleges, professional associations, patients’ groups, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies, among others.”
Funded by / Ownership
Medical News Today is owned by Healthline Media, Inc and is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Medical News Today generally publishes very well-sourced credible medical news that is Pro-Science, however, they also cover alternative medicine, which would be fine if they were discrediting it. While they don’t endorse alternative medicine, they also don’t refute it and tend to give it equal standing with traditional well-researched medicine. For this reason, we feel there should be caution when using this source, but for the most part, this is pro-science.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Medical News Today Pro-Science and High for factual reporting as most of their information is well-sourced and based on traditional medicine. We recommend caution and further research on any articles related to alternative medicine, which is considered a pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 4/1/2018) Updated (5/11/2019)