News and articles
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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:
Report a side effect of a medicine: The TGA has announced a safety monitoring system where consumers can now report side effects from any medicine or vaccine, including medicines they get on prescription and over-the-counter or complementary medicines of that they buy from a pharmacy, supermarket, health food shop or the internet.
Outcry as register of homeopaths gets official backing: In the UK the health regulator has endorsed a register of qualified homeopaths in a move that scientific campaigners said was a “slap in the face” for conventional health professionals.
Nutraceuticals are often big on promise but fail to deliver: Only when further testing has shown effectiveness in animals and in human clinical trials, and their mechanisms of action have been determined can we justify the use of specific nutraceuticals in therapy.
Harmacy - Pharmacy Fantasy: Community pharmacists must decide whether they are part of the professional healthcare team or purveyors of profitable but unscientific alternative ‘nonsense', the Australian Skeptics say.
Millions of dollars wasted on vitamin D supplements: Australians are spending huge sums of money on vitamin D supplements that may be unnecessary and ineffective. Only 12% of adolescents have a vitamin D deficiency.