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Merck Manuals Launches "Medical Mythbusters" Podcast to Set the Record Straight on Medical Legends, Misinformation

KENILWORTH, N.J., May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Merck Manuals, one of the world's most widely used medical resources since 1899, today announced that it has launched a new "Medical MythBusters" podcast to help dispel common myths and misconceptions on some of the most talked about medical topics of the day. Hosted by Merck Manuals editor-in-chief Dr. Robert Porter, the series features engaging and informative discussions with nationally-recognized physicians on a wide variety of topics from diet trends and aging, to hearing loss and spider bites, among others. This is latest innovative content initiative supporting the Manuals pledge to make the best current medical information accessible by up to three billion professionals and patients around the world by 2020.

"Our goal has always been to make the best medical information available in the formats that make it the easiest and most enjoyable for audiences to consume and the Medical Mythbusters podcast is the latest example of that," said Robert S. Porter, M.D., Merck Manuals Editor-in-Chief. "The series features some of the most respected physicians in their fields sharing real stories and clearing up longstanding misconceptions on important medical topics and treatments in a fun and informative way. We are excited for people to get insights that help them make more informed decisions about their health in this increasingly popular medium."   

The Merck Manuals is looking to capitalize on the soaring popularity of podcasts to deliver credible medical information to current and new audiences in an engaging new format. According to recently released research, fifty-one percent of the US population has listened to a podcast this year alone (144 million people).

Season One covers some of the most frequently searched medical topics on the web. Not surprisingly, these topics are prone to a lot of myths and misconceptions and the proliferation of false information. Medical Mythbusters addresses those falsehoods head on throughout the series. This season's topics and the experts Dr. Porter interviews include:

1. Myths About Bites and Stings, featuring Gerald O'Malley, DO, Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital

2. Debunking Pregnancy Myths, featuring Lara Friel, MD, PhD, University of Texas Health Medical School at Houston, McGovern Medical School

3. Diet Myths and The Real Truth, featuring Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Cedars Sinai Medical Center 

4. Dispelling Common Aging Myths, featuring Michael R. Wasserman, MD, CMD, Geriatrician and Board Member of the Foundation for Health in Aging

5. Hearing Loss Myths, featuring Lawrence R. Lusti, MD, Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital 

6. Travel Health Myths, featuring Christopher Sanford, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington

The podcast is available on audio platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.

About The Merck Manuals
First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, The Merck Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the world's most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. As The Manual evolved, it continually expanded the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information to a wide cross-section of users, including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers. In 2015, The Manuals kicked off Global Medical Knowledge 2020, a program to make the best current medical information accessible by up to three billion professionals and patients around the world by 2020. For access to thousands of medical topics with images, videos and a constantly expanding set of resources, visit or and connect with us on social media:

For Consumers in the U.S. and its territories: Twitter and Facebook
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About Merck
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer's disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. For more information, visit and connect with us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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