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Unsolicited e-mail health warnings: Truth or hoax

This week's issue of HEALTHbeat addresses the "dangers of microwaving food in plastic," a worrisome health rumor that gained extra life because it was circulated and forwarded via email. Alarming or disturbing email warnings, health-related or otherwise, are tempting to pass along.  The message may be something that has concerned you in the past and often your first instinct is to warn friends and family of the hazard. But before you fret unnecessarily or risk frightening your loved ones without cause, it's worth the time to verify the information and find out if it is helpful or a hoax.

Here are some online sources that evaluate some of the e-mails currently making the rounds:

 
     
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