May 20, 2024

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How We Ensure Accurate and Reliable Medical Information at CNET

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At CNET, we understand that access to reliable medical information is crucial for making well-informed decisions related to your health. As a long-trusted technology and media publication, we strive to empower our readers to live healthy lives by providing trustworthy information and advice. We take great care in reviewing and fact-checking the medical information and claims we publish. 

To uphold high standards of quality and integrity, our health and wellness editors work closely with the CNET Medical Review Board, a group of licensed specialists who validate and review the information we present. 

The role of our Medical Review Board

We understand that medical information can be complex and is constantly evolving. Our panel of experts comprises medical professionals from various fields, including sports medicine, nutrition, psychiatry and internal medicine, that review and fact-check our content to ensure we have the most recent and reliable information.

The review process

Our editorial team generates the content through research and expert interviews; then, it undergoes a comprehensive review process by one of our specialized medical reviewers. The process includes several key steps to ensure our published information is ethical and accurate. The review process includes:

  • Content review and fact-checking: Our medical reviewers thoroughly fact-check the content submitted by our editorial team to guarantee accuracy, clarity and relevance. Medical claims and correct use of terminology are also vetted.
  • Source verification: Our medical reviewers examine all sources cited in the content to assess their credibility and ensure they are reputable. Our sources are peer-reviewed and can be found in renowned medical publications. All sources are hyperlinked so readers can access the information at any time.
  • Recency and updates: Medical information is ever changing, and our medical review board ensures we provide our readers with up-to-date information. They ensure all of the information we publish is backed by the latest findings available in the industry.
  • Ethical considerations: Accessibility to recent and accurate information is of utmost importance to us. For this reason, we approach sensitive topics with the care it deserves. Our medical reviewers ensure we inclusively communicate information, prioritizing the well-being and rights of our readers.

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The badge that appears on content that’s been reviewed by our experts.

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If our Medical Review Network members have any suggestions for improvements or comments, they share those with our editorial team so that they can make changes to the final draft.  

Once an expert approves an article, it gets a Medically Reviewed badge under the author’s byline to indicate it’s been through this process. You can see which expert reviewed it and their credentials by clicking that badge. 

CNET’s medical reviewers

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Amelia Ti is a registered dietitian based in New York City. 

Education: 

  • New York University, BS in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Russell Sage College, MS in Applied Nutrition

Certifications:

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

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Dr. Omar Al-Heeti is an assistant professor of medicine at Southern Illinois University and practices Internal Medicine with a specialty in infectious diseases.  Dr. Al-Heeti is the brother of CNET video producer Abrar Al-Heeti.

Education: 

  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Medical Residency

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Dr. Troy Mensen is a family medicine doctor based in the Chicago area. 

Education: 

  • University of Northern Iowa, BA 
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

Certifications: 

  • American Board of Family Medicine, Family Medicine
  • State of Illinois, Medical Examining Board License

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Dr. Valerie Cholet is a professor of kinesiology at Penn State Berks and has taught in higher education for over 20 years. 

Education:

  • Penn State University, DEd in Adult Education and Teaching
  • Arcadia University, MS in Elementary Education
  • Penn State University, BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science

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Dr. Vivian Sun is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Education:

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Residency in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University

Certifications:

  • Medical Board of California, Medical License
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


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