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Distinguishing Fake News

STUDY REPORTED BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: MOST STUDENTS CANNOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE NEWS

A Stanford University study,  reported by the Wall Street Journal and summarized in the following video link, demonstrated that 82% of almost 8000 students from elementary school through college cannot distinguish real from fake news.   Framed from the perspective of biomedical education, this is a disconcerting thought, and demonstrates the imperative for active creation of learning opportunities for future physicians, veterinarians and dentists to learn how to distinguish quality information from hearsay, opinion, and “gut feelings.”

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