Every year since 1978, the American Council on Science and Health releases its top ten unfounded health scares of the year, and it did so once again as a reminder to consumers not to rush to judgement about everything they hear. Topping last year’s list, for example, included the unsubstantiated claims that water bottles would cause cancer, that office printers were as hazardous as secondhand cigarette smoke, and that rubber ducks were toxic. None of these so-called public health threats, along with others such as those circulating about fluoridated water, roses and lipstick, proved to withstand scientific scrutiny, which only goes to show says the Council, we need to be on guard when similar health alarms are certain to be sounded in 2008!