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Dolly Doctor Has The Most Accurate Health Advice Of All Magazines

And the least correct advice comes from a mag with the word 'health' in the title.

21/11/2016 1:55 PM AEDT | Updated 21/11/2016 7:02 PM AEDT
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Thank you Dolly Doctor for answering all our awkward questions.

Long before the internet provided an anonymous avenue for embarrassing questions, Dolly Doctor was the source of knowledge for all things that kiss, itch and generally make you blush.

Dolly Doctor was the first thing you read, and if your brother stole your mag, no guessing which page he'd turn to.

It was funny, clever and most importantly, it was accurate.

Australia's trust in Dolly Doctor has been validated by a new analysis of more that 160 Australian magazine articles that found Dolly consistently had the most accurate health advice.

The University of Newcastle study found Dolly's advice was accurate 100 percent of the time, with the next most-trustworthy magazines being Cosmopolitan and Cleo.

At the other end of the scale, it found the advice provided in Women's Health was accurate 17 percent of the time, Woman's Day was accurate 33 percent of the time and Good Health 37 percent of the time.

The gold-star articles:

1. Recommend seeing a doctor, if applicable

2. Base advice on accepted medical practice or reliable evidence

3. Advice is clear and easily applied

4. Benefits of advice are presented in a meaningful way

5. Potential harms of recommended treatments are mentioned

6. There is no evidence of "disease mongering"

7. The availability and costs of treatments are mentioned

8. The author has no apparent vested interests

9. There is obvious advertising

10. Anecdotal evidence is used appropriately

It's not just Women's Health, the study found all magazines with the word 'health' in the title, rated most poorly with an average of 36 percent of their articles "presenting advice that was clear and meaningful" and 52 percent based on reliable evidence that reflects current medical practice.

The most common topics were gynaecological and urinary tract matters as well as vitamin and mineral supplements.

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So cheers to the Dolly Doctors -- Dr Melissa Kang for medical questions; child and adolescent psychologist Clare Rowe; and teen health and wellness expert Kim Smith.

A Bauer representative told The Huffington Post Australia an upcoming mental health special would also have questions answered by psychologist Luke Martin from Beyond Blue.

Dolly is printed bi-monthly, and you can find Dolly Doctor-style information online. You can also buy the Dolly Doctor book, but don't be surprised if it goes missing and you find it at your brother's apartment.

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