[<< wikipedia] Health scare
A health scare can be broadly defined as a social phenomenon whereby the public at large comes to fear some threat to health, based on suppositions which are nearly always not well-founded.In 2009 an ABC News article listed "The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade": "Some of these threats turned out to be almost nonexistent. Others were arguably overblown. Some caused widespread harm." They listed the following scares:

Swine flu (H1N1)
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Lead paint on toys from China
Trans fats
Bird flu (H5N1)
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Cell phones.

== See also ==
List of health scares
Health crisis
Aspartame controversy
Dental amalgam controversy
Thiomersal and vaccines
Water fluoridation controversy

== References ==