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Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?
binge drinking
In Depth

Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?

One alcoholic drink per day cuts risk of fatal heart disease by 20%, study finds
7 May 2021
What a no-deal Brexit could look like for the UK
UK and EU flags
In Depth

What a no-deal Brexit could look like for the UK

Talks back in the hands of negotiators after political intervention cannot break deadlock
10 Dec 2020
Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
In Brief

Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?

12-21 million tons of microplastics floating in top layers of Atlantic Ocean, new study finds
19 Aug 2020
Fact check: is PPE causing an environmental pandemic?
Coronavirus NHS
In Brief

Fact check: is PPE causing an environmental pandemic?

Millions of masks, gloves and hand-sanitiser bottles are piling up in oceans
12 Jun 2020
Donald Trump: should social media companies fact check?
Donald Trump
In Depth

Donald Trump: should social media companies fact check?

Trump has gone to war with Twitter following the site’s push towards flagging false information
29 May 2020
Coronavirus: behind the Chinese laboratory theory
Wuhan Institute of Virology
In Depth

Coronavirus: behind the Chinese laboratory theory

US State Department had raised concerns over the safety of the Wuhan lab
22 Apr 2020
Fact check: behind the 5G conspiracy theories
Man on phone
In Depth

Fact check: behind the 5G conspiracy theories

Scientists dismiss any link between mobile technology and coronavirus pandemic
6 Apr 2020

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Fact check: the fake coronavirus cures that you should shun
Iran
In Depth

Fact check: the fake coronavirus cures that you should shun

From avoiding ice cream to consuming antimalarials and huge amounts of garlic
27 Mar 2020
Fact check: should you be taking ibuprofen for coronavirus?
A variety of pills and drugs
In Depth

Fact check: should you be taking ibuprofen for coronavirus?

WHO reverses earlier recommendation that Covid-19 patients should avoid anti-inflammatory drugs
19 Mar 2020
Fact check: five key questions about terrorism sentences
Streatham attack
In Depth

Fact check: five key questions about terrorism sentences

Fresh Government crackdown on terror offenders likely to be challenged in courts
4 Feb 2020
Fact Check: how bad is America’s opioid crisis?
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In Depth

Fact Check: how bad is America’s opioid crisis?

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson hit with $572m fine for its part in opioid crisis
27 Aug 2019
Are US migrant detention centres really concentration camps?
alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
In Depth

Are US migrant detention centres really concentration camps?

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands by her controversial claim
1 Jul 2019
Will Trump’s tariffs solve his Mexico ‘immigration problem’?
Honduras Migrant Caravan crosses border into Guatemala toward Mexico, US as Trump threatens to halt humanitarian aid
In Depth

Will Trump’s tariffs solve his Mexico ‘immigration problem’?

US president announces 5% tax on all goods from neighbouring nation in bid to halt migrant influx
31 May 2019
Fact check: is Jeremy Corbyn a ‘terrorist sympathiser’?
Corbyn, Adams
In Depth

Fact check: is Jeremy Corbyn a ‘terrorist sympathiser’?

Labour leader has faced repeat allegations that he supports Hamas and the IRA
26 Apr 2019
The truth about the health effects of cannabis
cannabis
In Depth

The truth about the health effects of cannabis

New research links teen marijuana use to depression and suicide in adulthood
14 Feb 2019
Fact check: does mindfulness improve mental health?
Buddhist statue
In Depth

Fact check: does mindfulness improve mental health?

Schools in England will be teaching the practice to children and teenagers in a major new trial
8 Feb 2019
Fact check: who’s to blame for the violence in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe protests
In Depth

Fact check: who’s to blame for the violence in Zimbabwe?

President Emmerson Mnangagwa claims opposition fuelled deadly protests
30 Jan 2019
Fact check: can the US ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy?
Turkish Flag Waver Istanbul
In Depth

Fact check: can the US ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy?

Donald Trump is threatening the Nato ally with costly reprisals if Kurdish fighters are attacked in Syria
22 Jan 2019
Fact check: will Mexico pay for Trump’s border wall?
Donald Trump
In Depth

Fact check: will Mexico pay for Trump’s border wall?

US president claims Mexico will indirectly fund his long-promised wall through new trade deal
11 Jan 2019
Fact check: do fitness trackers help you lose weight?
fitness tracker
In Depth

Fact check: do fitness trackers help you lose weight?

The Week examines whether wearable tech really can aid slimmers
8 Jan 2019
Fact check: how much does illegal immigration cost the US?
US border
In Depth

Fact check: how much does illegal immigration cost the US?

Groups on both sides of the immigration debate have questioned Donald Trump’s latest figures
21 Dec 2018
Fact check: how do charities spend your money?
A British charity shop
In Depth

Fact check: how do charities spend your money?

The Week investigates what percentage of donations goes directly to those in need
19 Dec 2018
The truth about UK arms deals with Saudi Arabia
Yemen, Saudi Arabia
In Depth

The truth about UK arms deals with Saudi Arabia

After MEPs vote to end sales of weapons to the Saudi government, we examine how the arms have been used
26 Oct 2018
Fact check: the truth about false rape claims
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In Depth

Fact check: the truth about false rape claims

Are malicious allegations of sexual assault on the increase? The Week looks at the statistics
26 Oct 2018
Fact check: do fertility apps work?
Pregnant woman
In Depth

Fact check: do fertility apps work?

Advert claiming that Natural Cycles contraceptive app is ‘highly accurate’ banned by UK watchdog
5 Sep 2018
Fact check: who has the most to lose in US-China trade war?
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping
In Depth

Fact check: who has the most to lose in US-China trade war?

Both sides set to suffer after talks between Washington and Beijing end without a deal
30 Aug 2018
Fact check: do mobile phones cause cancer?
man speaking on mobile phone
In Depth

Fact check: do mobile phones cause cancer?

The Week looks at the conflicting evidence and asks whether a scientific consensus can be reached
25 Jul 2018
Fact check: the truth about artificial sweeteners
Equal and Splenda artificial sweeteners
In Depth

Fact check: the truth about artificial sweeteners

Are synthetic sugar substitutes in our food and drinks safe? The Week looks at the research
11 Jul 2018
Fact check: the truth about the US economy
Wall Street
In Depth

Fact check: the truth about the US economy

Trump says unemployment is at a record low and economy is strongest ‘ever’ – is he right?
20 Jun 2018
The truth about decriminalising prostitution
prostitution
In Depth

The truth about decriminalising prostitution

Does removing all criminal sanctions make the sex industry more or less safe for its workers?
6 Jun 2018
Fact Check: The truth about the body mass index
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In Depth

Fact Check: The truth about the body mass index

Can BMI be trusted to measure obesity and overall health?
11 May 2018
Fact Check: Why did Donald Trump ditch the Iran deal?
Donald Trump
In Depth

Fact Check: Why did Donald Trump ditch the Iran deal?

The US president claimed Iran violated the landmark agreement making it ‘defective at its core’
9 May 2018
Fact Check: The truth about mental health funding
Nurse
In Depth

Fact Check: The truth about mental health funding

Is Theresa May’s government really spending a ‘record amount’ on these services?
2 May 2018
The truth about public support for Syria air strikes
syria protest
In Depth

The truth about public support for Syria air strikes

The Week looks at the polls before and after attacks were launched by Britain, France and the US
20 Apr 2018
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