Editorial and Fact-Checking Policy

HealthDay Editorial Commitment

HeathDay is committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of impartial editorial standards in the content that we present on our website. All of our articles are chosen independent of any financial interests. Editors and writers make all efforts to clarify any financial ties behind the studies on which we report.

Commitment To Diversity And The Need To Address Health Disparities

HealthDay is committed to being an equal opportunity employer, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, geography, body type, ability, or experience. We also believe it is part of our reporting responsibility as the leading health news service to point out disparities in healthcare outcomes resulting from systemic racial prejudice and income differences.

Editorial Team

Our Editorial and Reporting Team is composed of certified health care professionals and professionals who specialize in health and medical writing and editing, many with advanced degrees in the field. Over the years, HealthDay editors and writers have won numerous awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Award, and top prizes from Associated Press Managing Editors.

HealthDay is certified by Health on the Net (HON) and HealthGuard.

Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board is composed of board-certified physicians across a variety of different specialties. Our medical reviewers check all content to ensure accuracy and to confirm the content is neither misleading nor neglects to point out any important medical consideration and adheres to the latest guidelines and research on that topic.

Our Editors assign content for medical review except in the case of our Consumer News Feed/HealthDay TV both for English and Spanish versions, where our objective is being first to market with evidence-based factual reporting on breaking public health issues. All Consumer News Feed articles still follow our strict Fact Check Guidelines.

Fact Check

All HealthDay articles must pass a thorough Fact Check process prior to release. After each article is written, it then goes through our detailed review process where we carefully check for accuracy, credibility of sources, and potential conflicts of interest.

Corrections and Unpublish Requests

Our website lists a contact point for readers to suggest corrections. We review all such requests and while we do not unpublish content, our editors will make necessary changes, if needed.

References, Sources, and Citations

HealthDay stories are primarily based on peer-reviewed medical journals, government organizations, academic institutions, and independent advocacy associations and first-party interviews by our correspondents. All sources are listed both inline and at the bottom of every article. We provide links to these sources to enable users to easily access the originals. See a list of our regularly referenced sources (not totally inclusive list of major sources).

Up-to-Date Information

Our encyclopedic Wellness Library is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Our policy for our topical news products, which includes Consumer News, Physician’s Briefing, Consumer News in Spanish, HealthDay TV, and HealthDay TV in Spanish, is that because we are reporting breaking news, the content may become outdated after a time has passed since it was published. We leave the older content on the site for historical reference. (NOTE: we plan to introduce a feature on the site which will put the following notice on the bottom of any article which is older than 2 years “Please note that content contained in this article is over two years old, and therefore, the information may no longer be accurate.”)

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