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NIH Launches Initiative to Help Consumers Understand the Science Behind Research


The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently launched a new initiative called Know The Science that is designed to help consumers understand scientific topics related to health research.

The Know The Science website notes that given the large amount of misinformation that consumers are bombarded with daily, it is important for consumers to be informed enough to make wise choices. “Why is it important to know the science of health? Simply put, because there is a lot of misinformation out there—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors touting the latest ‘miracle cure’.” According to a news release by the NIH, the website “features a variety of materials including interactive modules, quizzes, and videos to provide engaging, straightforward content for consumers to dive in and get to know the science.”

Some of the topics covered in the Know The Science website include:

All of these resources and much more can be found on the Know The Science website.