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Recent articles by Erin:

It’s a myth that we only use 10% of our brains

The belief that humans use only 10% of their brains is one of the most widely spread brain myths. Existing evidence shows people use 100% of their brains every day. → Read More

Yes, there is a national shortage of amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is a common prescription antibiotic used to treat ear infections and pneumonia. It’s currently in short supply due to limited availability nationwide. → Read More

Yes, it’s legal in most states for organizations to offer free or discounted rides to the polls

Organizations and rideshare companies, like Lyft and Uber, are permitted to offer rides to the polls on Election Day in nearly every state, except Michigan. → Read More

No, people born in 1960 won’t earn less in Social Security benefits due to a payment formula quirk

Experts warned that people born in 1960 could have faced a lifetime reduction in benefits if the economy hadn't recovered in 2020 from the pandemic shutdown. → Read More

No, there isn’t a federal law that requires businesses to accept cash

Private businesses are not legally required to accept cash, the Federal Reserve says. They are free to develop their own policies unless state law says otherwise. → Read More

5 ways to protect yourself from a job scam

Millions of Americans fall victim to job scams each year. Here are verified ways to keep you and your money safe when looking for a new job. → Read More

No, you should not use hydrogen peroxide on wounds

Health experts warn against using hydrogen peroxide to treat or clean minor scrapes or cuts because it can irritate the skin and kill healthy cells within the wound. → Read More

Yes, people with eczema can get vaccinated against monkeypox

The JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine is safe for people with eczema but current supply is limited. They should avoid the ACAM2000 vaccine. → Read More

Yes, Walgreens employees can refuse to sell condoms because of their religion

A recent viral tweet claims a Walgreens employee refused to sell condoms to customers due to the worker’s “faith.” Here’s what Walgreens' policy says. → Read More

Yes, Medicare card replacement phone calls are a scam

If someone claiming to be from Medicare calls you about replacing your card and requests personal or banking information, you should hang up immediately. → Read More

Viral video claims all Starbucks hot cup sizes hold the same amount of liquid. That’s false.

Social media videos claiming Starbucks is shortchanging customers who buy larger sizes of its hot coffee are false. Starbucks hot cup sizes have not changed. → Read More

Yes, 45% of Texas women who traveled out of state for abortion services went to Oklahoma

Data show nearly half of Texas women who traveled out of state for abortion care went to Oklahoma in the months after the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect. → Read More

Yes, Delta Air Lines did call COVID-19 an ‘ordinary seasonal virus,’ contradicting pandemic classification

In a news release, Delta Air Lines claimed COVID-19 is an “ordinary seasonal virus.” That language has since been updated to a “more manageable respiratory virus.” → Read More

Yes, Los Angeles County did ban government-funded travel to Texas and Florida over LGBTQ laws

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors banned government-funded travel to Texas and Florida over LGBTQ legislation. It does not apply to personal travel. → Read More

Fact-checking claims about Tennessee proposed marriage bill and child age

An early version of a marriage bill in Tennessee allowed children of any age to marry. That part has been amended, but other controversial sections remain. → Read More

Yes, a Supreme Court justice has been impeached before

Only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached, and that took place in 1805. → Read More

Why it’s hard to tell if a diamond was mined in Russia

People are calling for a boycott of one of Russia’s largest exports — diamonds. But a diamond’s country of origin is often difficult to determine. → Read More

Some cities have outlawed new natural gas hookups but there’s no nationwide ban

While some U.S. cities have banned natural gas hookups in most new development projects, there is not a national ban in place. → Read More

No, cold or rainy weather cannot make you sick

It’s a myth that cold or rainy weather can cause a cold. Instead, colds are minor infections of the nose and throat caused by more than 200 different viruses. → Read More

Yes, you still have to wear a mask on planes, trains and public buses

The federal mask mandate on airplanes, public buses and other mass transit has been extended through April 18. → Read More