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:
Homeopaths fight back over negative findings (NZ): New Zealand doctors are said to be backing the findings of an Australian study that says homeopathic remedies do not work - but Kiwis practising the alternative treatment say the study is flawed.
Can you trust the local chemist?: Pharmacies are selling therapeutic goods you don’t need, that doesn’t work, in the guise of ‘health’.
Four million Australians deficient in vitamin D: While about one in four adults were vitamin D deficient, 17% had a mild deficiency, 6% a moderate deficiency, and less than 1% a severe deficiency, study finds.
Vitamin supplements for kids: what are we really treating? Australian parents spend $40 million each year on vitamin supplements for their children. It’s a big number; much smaller is the number of children who actually need them.
QUESTION: how do chiropractors earn their daily bread? ANSWER: all too often by being economical with the truth: An investigation of Victorian chiropractors, describing their clinical practices, suggests that most Australian chiropractors treat non-spinal conditions and there is no evidence that the most frequently used interventions are effective.
A third of the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network’s members are medical professionals: MEDICAL experts say it is “distressing” that nurses and midwives are members of an anti-vaccination lobby, which also boasts chiropractors, naturopaths and osteopaths among its supporters.
NHMRC draft information paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy: On the 9 April 2104, the NHMRC released a draft document on Homeopathy. This is a momentous occasion when the peak Medical body of a Nation makes important recommendations after a most comprehensive review on the claims that the alternative medicine homeopathy can cure several diseases. The conclusions that "there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions" is not unexpected and is a welcome demonstration that objective assessment of health interventions are at the bases of good Health policies. FSM and its over a thousand supporters welcome this important step to rid Australian health of pseudoscience based treatments.
Scientists call for end of handouts to parents who don’t vaccinate children: A GROUP of eminent scientists has called on the Abbott Government to crack down on handouts to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.
Should you be worried about getting enough vitamin D?: The summaries of two papers published in the BMJ last week, showed that low vitamin D levels are associated with higher disease risk, but that vitamin D supplementation doesn’t actually decrease that risk.
Oz leads the way on measles: Australia is one of the first countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Western Pacific Region to be declared measles-free, according to an expert. Measles is a virus that kills approximately 330 people worldwide every day, mostly children younger than five years of age.