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Here in 'News', we will keep our Friends informed of what is going on in the general and professional media, including articles, interviews and events related to activities of the FSM or that mention our activities. many of the articles referred, appear in journals for which access may be limited to subscribers or to university students and personnel. We would appreciate your alerting us to events we might not be aware of.

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The following articles have appeared in the media this week:


ABC under fire over deal with vitamin giant Swisse Wellness: The ABC has come under fire for signing a sponsorship deal with Swisse Wellness that will help the vitamin giant promote its products throughout the Asia-Pacific.

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The dodgy academic journals publishing anti-vaxxers and other 'crappy science': Fraudsters operating largely from India and other parts of Asia have been posing as academic publishers, charging academics thousands of dollars to publish research in their bogus journals.

Eight slogans that quacks love to use: if you hear these, find a proper doctor: Quacks are everywhere, and unfortunately conventional medicine has its fair share of charlatans as well. This article discusses eight ploys that are more often used in alternative than in mainstream medicine.

Anti-fluoride group air controversial TV ads: Anti-fluoride group Fluoride-Free NZ used crowdfunding to fund four primetime advertising  spots for a controversial national ad campaign with claims scientists call misleading.


A marketplace flooded with dubious products: Harvey: Dr Harvey has slammed “dubious products” and highlighted common fallacies among people who use complementary and alternative medicines, in accepting a significant science award.


Poking holes in acupuncture:There is no place for acupuncture in medicine, and decades of research and thousands of studies are more than enough to conclude that acupuncture doesn’t work, says Friends of Science in Medicine.

Chinese herbal medicines for the symptoms of the menopause? Probably not!: A Cochrane review found insufficient evidence that Chinese herbal medicines were any more or less effective than placebo or hormone therapy for the relief of vasomotor symptoms. Of concern was that primary studies failed to mention adverse effects.

ANZAAS medal for Ken Harvey: FSM Executive Member Dr Ken Harvey, has been awarded the 2016 ANZAAS Medal. The medal is awarded annually for services for the advancement of science or administration and organisation of scientific activities, or the teaching of science throughout Australia and New Zealand and in contributions to science which lie beyond normal professional activities. Previous winners of the medal include Sir Gus Nossal, Sir Mark Oliphant and Harry Messel.

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Shop around for pharmacy discounts, Checkout advises: A The Checkout piece slamming pharmacy for selling complementary medicines has offered suggestions for saving money that may actually cost consumers more.

Calgary man's $2.32 million lawsuit claims chiropractic treatment for a sore back caused strokes, blindness: chiropractic "manipulative therapy" involving a patients spine may have triggered a series of strokes and caused permanent vision loss.

Science or snake oil? Do the enduring Hydroxycut weight-loss products work?: Despite several safety recalls of this brand of dietary weight-loss supplements over the past decade, “Hydroxycut” still continues to sell,  despite its main ingredients and supposed related efficacy changing all the time. However, is improbable that it provides any efficacy beyond a reduced-calorie diet.


The current cupping craze: US Olympic athletes currently seem to be so fond of is dry cupping.

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Alarm raised over men’s hormone clinic: A new clinic promising and weight loss and increased libido for men through testosterone “restoration” has medical experts alarmed.

Will chiropractors listen to stakeholder forum? Chiropractors have sought and gained the right to call themselves “doctor” and some aggressively promote themselves as alternative primary health care practitioners. However, significant elements of the profession have refused to accept regulatory measures that protect patients of other registered health professionals.

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Adverts pulled from TV after public backlash: A pharmaceutical company has withdrawn adverts linking children's dietary supplements and NAPLAN test results after just two days following a public backlash.

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