Quick Take In a footnote of a draft opinion on abortion access, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quoted from a 2008 government report on the demand for adoption in the U.S., which used the phrase, “domestic supply of infants.” Posts on so
Should parents make and feed homemade baby formula to their infants if they can't find or afford it? No, that's not true: For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Infant Nutrition
Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Samuel Alito said that the U.S. needs a “domestic supply of infants” to meet the needs of parents seeking to adopt.
Abortion-rights activists responded with outrage to a footnote from the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. What it actually said was very different.
(Photograph by Erin Schaff/Getty Images.)A viral tweet claims that Supreme Court Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Samuel Alito justified overturning Roe v. Wade in the leaked draft majority opinion because “the US needs a ‘domestic supply of
On May 4 2022, an Imgur user shared a post titled “Domestic Supply of Infants,” which contained a screengrab of a footnote to a recently leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: The blurry image of the footnote  rea
REVIEW In the last century, infants in the U.S. went from receiving one routine vaccine protecting against a single disease (smallpox) to receiving as many as 26 inoculations that protect against 14 different diseases. In their first year of life, i
The CDC revised its childhood developmental milestone checklists for the first time in years to help parents identify delays earlier. The changes have been underway since 2017, and there’s no indication they were made to cover up pandemic-related imp
Instagram and Facebook posts claim that the Pediarix vaccine, which protects against polio and other diseases, injects an unsafe amount of aluminum into infants. The claim is false; Pediarix was tested for safety and has been approved for use since 200
A sixth person was found in the basement of the day care center in the Flushing neighborhood.
Quick Take A shortage of baby formula has provoked misleading partisan claims that suggest President Joe Biden is responsible for the “bare shelves.” But the shortage has been caused by a recall and plant shutdown by a major manufactur
An April 26 2022 Facebook post featuring an emergency “homemade baby formula” recipe spread virally on platforms as a baby formula shortage worsened — and as experts pleaded with parents not to experiment with diluted or homemade form
In May 2022, news and discussion about a formula shortage in the United States ticked upward — but the severity of the issue and its implications were rarely clear in broad reporting. Complicating matters were the narrow and uneven — but no
Claims that Pfizer had recently released documents stating that the Covid-19 vaccines were not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been shared thousands of times on Twitter. The posts, which show an extract from an official-lookin
On May 4 2022, a Reddit user shared a chart to r/dataisbeautiful amid ongoing, extremely fraught discourse about a leaked Supreme Court decision that aims to overturn Roe v. Wade: [OC] The Percent of Americans Who Believe Abortion Should Be
REVIEW On 15 April 2022, the WHO issued a multi-country alert about an increase in cases of severe acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) of unknown origin in previously healthy children. The severity of the cases was striking for being uncommo
Quick Take A California bill would do away with mandatory investigations of stillbirths. Opponents misleadingly claim it would “legalize infanticide.” The bill would prevent prosecution in cases of “perinatal death due to a pregnancy-
Is it "totally safe" to drink alcohol while breastfeeding? Expert opinion varies: While some cite health organizations' recommendations and research, others believe there is limited evidence to deem alcohol use safe or unsafe during breas
REVIEW Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that is constantly released from rocks into the soil, water, and air. Fluoride is also a common ingredient in toothpaste due to its ability to prevent tooth decay. This is also the reason why many cou
REVIEW Childhood routine immunizations are essential to protect children’s health. Vaccination helped eliminate many potentially disabling and life-threatening infectious diseases that were common in the U.S. in the pre-vaccine era, including
In mid-March 2022, posts about a warrant officer named Hugh Thompson and his role in the My Lai massacre circulated on social media, including a tweet describing that time period as the 50-year anniversary of that incident: Today is the 50th annivers
A super PAC that supports Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dave McCormick has been flooding the airwaves in the Keystone State with ads attacking his opponent, cardiac surgeon and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, as a “Hollywood liberal̶
Is the Maryland General Assembly "about to vote" on a controversial pregnancy "freedom" bill? Not exactly: Maryland legislators proposed the Pregnant Person's Freedom Act of 2022, which is in committee, but at the time of writing the bill
REVIEW On 23 August 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the first approval for a COVID-19 vaccine to Pfizer and BioNTech. The information contained in the Biological License Application was confidential and unavailable to the p
REVIEW On 8 February 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its checklist for developmental milestones for children up to five years old. These milestones are specific physical and behavioral skills that infants and
REVIEW Facebook posts appearing in October 2021 claimed that eye ointment containing an antibiotic called erythromycin, which is routinely given to newborns to prevent “pink eye” (prophylaxis), comes with many “dangerous side effects”. These
Is the eye ointment administered to newborns and commonly used to prevent a condition caused by the transmission of gonorrhea "pointless" and associated with serious health risks? No, that's not true: The erythromycin eye ointment provide
An opinion article in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) which claims “we’ve lost at least 133 children to Covid in the UK so far” has been shared on Facebook, and shared widely on Twitter, including by the Independent SAG
On February 1 2022, the following meme was shared to Imgur, describing the actions of a man identified as “Jabbar Gibson” in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: That image was clearly a screenshot, and it appeared to show a cropp
Do 22 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, receive public benefits and vote illegally? No, that's mostly false: Two experts in public policy told Lead Stories that the number of illegal immigrants in the United States is
New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development.
Did nearly 80% of the babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have a vaccine the same day? No, that's not true. The number appears to come from misinterpreted materials from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS
Can an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine given to a woman cause changes in the DNA of a baby she is carrying and result in a "mutant baby" born with extra limbs or other deformities? No, that's not true: The mRNA in COVID vaccines does not enter the
Between 2015 and 2020, eight infants reportedly suffocated after being placed on one of three varieties of Boppy "newborn loungers."
An Instagram post which includes photos of children born with birth defects, appears to compare the thalidomide scandal with the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. While it doesn’t mention Covid-19 vaccines explicitly, text at the to
REVIEW It’s back to school season in the U.S. and with rising COVID-19 case numbers, including among children too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, American schools have become battlegrounds over disagreements about preventative measures. Ma
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant full approval to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine—the vaccine had previously been distributed under emergency provisions—comparisons were made on social media to the FDAR
We’ve been asked on WhatsApp how long pregnant women should wait between getting their routine vaccines in pregnancy, and getting a Covid-19 vaccine. The guidance from NHS England is to wait seven days between the Covid vaccine and any other vacc
On July 20 2021, a Facebook account shared the following image text, which contained the claim that polio and smallpox “never reached herd immunity”: Text across a nature-like background read: I don’t know who needs to hear this but
RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause of cold-like symptoms but can be serious for infants and the elderly.