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FSM is involved in campaigns that raise many issues in the public arena. We will endeavor to keep a good record and to respond appropriately to the relevant parties.

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.

The items on this page will be subsequently placed in 'archives'. 'News' items of this page will be progressively be placed in the 'archives'.

The following articles have appeared in the media this week:


Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lutein/Zeaxanthin, or Other Nutrient Supplementation on Cognitive Function: Among older persons with age-related macular degeneration, oral supplementation with Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids or lutein/zeaxanthin had no statistically significant effect on cognitive function.

An Industry of Worthless Acupuncture Studies: Acupuncture studies are rarely designed to actually answer the question of whether or not there is any specific efficacy to acupuncture.


Federal Trade Commission Staff Recommends That the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  Reconsider Its Regulatory Framework for Homeopathic Drug Products: The FTC had issued a ‘comment’ to the FDA requiring claims for homeopathic drugs to be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence.


Learning quackery for continuing medical education credit: In the US the regulators are facilitating the process of normalization of quackery as accepted medical practice by allowing professional development credits for courses in pseudoscience.


The hard-to-swallow truth about vitamin pills: Study after study show vitamins don’t lower cancer or heart-disease risk. In fact, they may create problems


Anti-vax chiro hosting medical students: A leading university has launched an investigation into why an anti-vaccination chiropractor, who has described pharmaceuticals as "snake oil", has been providing placements to medical students.

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Cancer diets warning: Misinformation on the internet is driving more people with cancer to try “cure” diets, highlighting the importance of doctor–patient communication on appropriate nutrition and treatment, according to experts.


American SciBabe blogger seeks chemical reaction during science week: Bringing a dash of comic-book superhero to the science world, the American blogger named SciBabe​ karate chops her way through pseudoscience and the "Dr Google syndrome" by drawing on her degrees in forensic science, chemistry and theatre.

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California's Children Win, Anti-Vaxxers Lose: Following the Disneyland Measles outbreak, which spread mostly through unvaccinated children, California has passed a new law removing the “personal belief” exemption from the state’s vaccine requirements for children.


President-elect resigns from peak chiropractors group over 'sneaky' hospital visits; The president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, has resigned from the board three months after she was reprimanded by the regulator for making unauthorised visits to maternity hospitals.

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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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