Investigating Health – Related urban legends, rumors, and hoaxes

This assignment is for a consumer health course.o Visit http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/ (be sure to scroll all the waydown the page)o Visit http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/urbanlegends.html and http://www.snopes.com
(You can cut and paste the links into your browser’s or click on the links on ourwebsite. BE SURE TO CLICK ON “NO” when asked about security).Choose two (2) health related urban legends, hoaxes, or health-related rumors. Onceyou have chosen two health related urban legends, hoaxes, or health-related rumors,please answer the questions below for each of the two health related urban legends,hoaxes, or health-related rumors. Be sure to properly cite the webpage on which yourchoices appear.1. Describe the rumor, legend, or hoax in your own words (I will not accept cutand pasted text)2. Explain how this story was spread (e.g., email, publication word-of-mouth etc.).3. Refer to the slides posted on our website. What populations might be mostsusceptible to paying attention to this story? Explain why these groups mightfind the information interesting or important to them. In other words, whatkinds of people or people with which specific concerns may be mostinterested in this story?4. Was the story demonstrated to be true, false, or partially true? How was thisstory validated or discounted (according to the authors of the websites youviewed, how was the story been shown to be true or false? For example, didanyone launch a formal investigation to determine if the story was true or not?What steps did they take to make this determination?
5. Refer to the lecture slides (make sure that you have read the notes thataccompany the slides- you can read them in Notes view or go through theslides as slides not as a slide show). What are some of the reasons someonemight initiate or spread these (i.e., the stories you chose) rumors/hoaxes/urbanlegends?
6. If a person believed these legends/hoaxes/rumors how in specific might theirhealth or other behaviors be affected? Would anyone else be impacted by thespread of the story? For example, if a rumor stated that the flu vaccine causedcancer and someone uncritically accepted this information how would he or shebe likely to act on that information? (I think the person would avoid getting a flushot. This might lead to that person contracting the flu. If the person had otherillnesses or was elderly this could lead to more serious health problems or death.It is also possible that this person could spread the flu and contribute to anepidemic).
7. If you received an email message or someone told you a story that seemed likeit might be an urban legend, hoax or rumor, what are three things you could doto help you determine how true the story was?