Media Release: Australia gets immunised against pseudoscience

The government’s decision to withdraw financial support for a host of ‘natural’ therapies has been greeted with acclaim by one of the nation’s foremost bodies arguing for an end to government-sponsored pseudoscience.

Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) has campaigned for seven years for the government to stop subsidising supposed health … [Read more...]

Drying hands, spurious cancer cures, weight loss, and more…

FSM Friends news and articles

 Air Dryers vs Paper TowelsWhich hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think – but do wash your hands.

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Nearly half of Americans think alternative medicine [Read more...]

Spreading myths, adulterated supplements, health apps, and more…

FSM Friends news and articles

Health and wellness myths spread, trust in reliable science wanes: “Unfortunately, Caulfield said, it’s going to get increasingly difficult to navigate through all the health misinformation because the supply is growing. It may take serious time to make up ground … [Read more...]

Probiotics, dumb eye guards, gene therapy, and more…

FSM news and articles

A triumph of hype or self-care? Among over-the-counter products sold in pharmacies, which do not require a prescription, natural health products were the largest selling items in 2015–16 ($1.4 billion). Dr Harvey isn’t completely against all natural health products, pointing out … [Read more...]

Shonkies, vaccine myths, pesticides, and more…

Friend’s news and articles

Alternative Therapies enter CHOICE Hall of Shame: Choice launched its Shonkies in 2006, to “call out some of the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers each year”. Joining the Shonkys “Hall of Shame” this year was Pharmacare’s Bioglan [Read more...]

Flu, milk, WHO, and more…

Friend’s news and articles

Cervical cancer set to be eliminated from Australia in global first: Thanks to an Australian-developed vaccine, and a well executed screening program, within a generation cervical cancer in Australia could be history.

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Flu treatments – do any of them [Read more...]

Propaganda, ageing emotions, vitamin patches, and more…

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Does CBD really do anything? “What is clear, at this point, is that the marketing has gotten way ahead of the science.”

Anti-vaxxers target baby products in Aussie stores: Anti-vaxxers have been placing fear propaganda among baby goods again. Unsurprisingly, the fear-based cards and … [Read more...]

Vaccines, cancer, vitamin vaping, and more

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Talking to friends and family who share dodgy stories and health claims on social media: Best to fact-check yourself before you wreck yourself.

How should we handle complementary and alternative medicine? “[…] according to the World Health Organisation nearly 100 million Europeans use … [Read more...]