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The following articles have appeared in the media this week:
Could children's vitamins be damaging their health? Children's vitamins are a rapidly growing part of the supplement industry but few children need them and experts say parents are wasting their money and possibly harming their kids' health.
Intracranial hypotension syndrome following manipulation of the cervical spine. This case study reveal the dangers of chiropractic manipulations of the cervical spine which can cause a dural tear and subsequently an intracranial hypotension syndrome. Postural headaches directly after spinal manipulation should therefore be a reason to suspect this complication.
Protein diets 'nearly as bad as smoking': People on high-protein diets are likely to lose years of life along with the weight they shed, according to two studies.
Chiropractors should report problems, says surgeon: Australian chiropractors should be recording and reporting problems so people know the risks of their treatments, a Melbourne surgeon says.
False hope alert over cancer diets: Health and ethics experts are worried about a wave of unproved alternative therapies which they say offer false hope to the growing numbers of people facing cancer.
Which therapy is best for low back pain?: None of the treatments for low back pain are convincingly effective so we might as well stop using them and use exercise, which carries the least risks and cost.
Govt spends $140k on homeopathy research: The Federal Government has spent almost one million dollars figuring out whether quackery such as iridology and the dubious therapy ‘rolfing’ are efficacious, including at least $140,000 on homeopathy.
Forensic problems with the composition and content of herbal medicines: It may not be possible to determine what herbal substance an individual has been exposed to prior to death and in what concentration, based on packaging from medications seized at the scene, or from examination of website data and the ARTG listing. These discrepancies may increase the problems that exist in attempting to determine what role herbal medicines may play in the mechanism of death in certain forensic cases.
John Dwyer: Complementary storm: Doctors need to do more to convince Australians that they cannot neutralise an unhealthy lifestyle with supplements and with out-of-pocket health care costs soaring they could collectively save themselves $2 billion a year by only buying these supplements if they are advised to do so by their doctors.
Measles map exposes global fallout of an autism scare campaign: The legacy of the discredited research by MMR scare doctor Andrew Wakefield has been exposed by a map showing spikes in cases of preventable childhood diseases in areas across the globe where anti-vaccine campaigners are active.