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:
Acupuncture: if it looks like a placebo, feels like a placebo, behaves like a placebo, perhaps it is a placebo??: The debate on acupuncture continues with a new study in this area adding an important contribution to our existing knowledge. Acupuncture has been discussed as a method to improve the results of stroke-rehabilitation, but the evidence is hotly disputed.
Bayer balks at Berocca decision: Following a successful complaint in 2010 against Bayer for the claims made for their supplement Berocca, the sponsor has not only continued to advertise their product but have now asked for a judicial review of the TGA decision in the Federal Court.
Backing for 'no-vax no-play' policy: The AMA is backing state moves to introduce legislation that would allow preschools to ban unvaccinated children - as long as exemptions are allowed on medical grounds and for conscientious objectors.
Legal push on vax 'heavy-handed': expert: The debate continues on the proposal to ban unvaccinated children from childcare.
Regulation around food medicine products fail to protection consumers: This article discusses Important issues about the need for consistency of regulations to apply across the food-medicine interface.
Universities in wacky waste of cash: Millions of dollars are being spent on bizarre university studies into topics such as the emotional impact of visiting tourist sites or the merits of head measuring as $2.3 billion is being stripped from the tertiary education budget to fund the Gonski reforms.
Many alternative medicines fail test:Three-quarters of the complementary medicines reviewed by the national drug regulator have failed government checks, exposing consumers to false health claims that lack scientific evidence.
Alternative diagnostic techniques like bogus bomb detectors: Naturopaths, acupuncturists, iridologists, spiritual healers, massage therapists, reflexologists, applied kinesiologists, homeopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths and many other types of alternative practitioners all have their very own ways of diagnosing what might be wrong with their patients. This article challenges the reliability of these techniques.
NSW midwives misled by textbook direction to anti-vaccination website, AVN: A Core nursing textbook used in NSW universities (with editors that included three Australian midwifery Professors) directs midwifery students to the controversial anti-vaccination website, the AVN, as a legitimate source of information.
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