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The following articles have appeared in the media this week:


GP caught up in hydration clinic probe: The owner of a hydration clinic has been suspended and a GP is under investigation after a client ended up in hospital.

Australian kids are still dying from vaccine-preventable diseases: A REVIEW of vaccine-preventable deaths in NSW highlights the need to improve coverage of influenza vaccination in children, particularly those at high risk.


Vitamin D Probably Isn't The Panacea Some Make It Out To Be: Vitamin D has been thought to help with arthritis, fight off depression and even reduce cancer risk. But according to a recent, thorough examination of the available research, vitamin D is looking a lot less like the magic remedy some have claimed it to be.

The 'cheesy' vitamin that boosts bones: Substance found in chicken liver could mean an end for osteoporosis:Researchers in London trialling Vitamin K on osteoporosis patients,  a bone-thinning condition that causes misery to half of women over 50.

Dietary reference values: advice on vitamin B6: European Food Safety Association (EFSA) has set dietary reference values for vitamin B6 as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes.

Why you should eat fruit and vegetable peel: Beauty may not be skin deep, but when it comes to fruits and vegetables, skin is good, wherein lies a medicine chest of antioxidants, vitamins, fibre, phytonutrients and minerals.


UOW report on post-graduate research draws criticism: An internal report commissioned by the University of Wollongong (UOW) has recommended changes to the process of supervising PhD research, but overlooked a controversial thesis that may have given rise to the review.

When cupping goes VERY wrong: Man left with seven horrific holes on his back after month-long botched therapy: A patient using cupping therapy for his frozen shoulder developed bacterial infection. Cupping therapy is a belief based intervention and part of the RMIT Chinese Medicine course.

Provide evidence: Harvey challenges CM industry: Dr Ken Harvey has issued a challenge to complementary medicines manufacturers to provide evidence to support their products.


‘Alternative cancer cures’ cost money and lives: So-called ‘alternative cancer cures’ are truly dangerous.

Naturopaths: rubbish at healthcare, excellent at character-assassination: Naturopaths essentially want to be allowed to take shortcuts in medical training. Instead of attending medical school, naturopaths attend naturopathic programs with low acceptance standards and faculty who are not qualified to teach medical topics.


From homeopathy to anti-vaccination: why people believe ‘quack science’:British doctor, academic and author Dr. Ben Goldacre is heading to Australia and New Zealand in September for a series of talks, where he will take on 'quack doctors', pseudoscience, and medical mis-information.


Liverpool NHS set to axe £30k funding for controversial homeopathy treatment: Health chiefs say the alternative therapy has no scientific backing


Newborn chiropractic care: Where is the evidence?: There is limited and generally poor quality evidence of the benefits of spinal manipulation on newborns — and clear evidence of the albeit small potential for major harm.

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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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