Fish oil, liver damage from supplements, probiotics, and more

The Checkout Series: Fish Oil: Kirsten Drysdale investigates the truth about fish oil supplements.

The harms of alternative medicine: what we see is just the tip of the iceberg:  Giving alternative therapies the benefit of the doubt is therefore not an option.

Liver Damage Caused by Dietary Supplements Increases:  Consumer Reports says a new study finds that some dietary supplements are causing liver damage.

Chiropractic identity, role and future: a survey of North American chiropractic students: The majority of students would like to see an emphasis on correction of vertebral subluxation.

This researcher may have discovered the antidote to health bullshit: A big, new experiment shows it’s possible to train kids to detect dubious health claims.

Medical research reforms to improve our future health: A new program will reduce the burden on researchers in applying for funding across different funding schemes by providing consolidated, five-year grants for our high-performing researchers at all stages of their careers.

Probiotic supplements are promoted for general good health, as well as treating various ailments. Should you take one?: CHOICE believes that health claims on food or complementary medicines should undergo pre-market assessment by the regulators to prevent manufacturers from making misleading or unsubstantiated claims.

Supplements blamed for increasing liver damage: The growing popularity of herbal and dietary supplements is being blamed for a marked increase in cases of liver damage, say hepatologists.

Calcium Supplements: Are You Getting What You Pay For?: Which calcium supplements are the best, most effective, and budget-friendly?

Why can’t we be more honest when we talk about weight loss?: Should it really be all that controversial or shameful to want to control how you look, especially if you have a job that keeps you in the public eye?

The Proven Science of Fluoridation:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention see fluoridation of the public drinking water supply in the United States as one of the 10 most important public health achievements of the 20th century.

Rub on pain products – what you need to know: Anew Cochrane overview review that draws together all the current evidence.

Classroom study measures vision and NAPLAN achievement: QUT researchers have investigated how vision can affect a child’s ongoing learning, with results showing 30 per cent of Year 3 students tested had uncorrected eye problems that could affect their NAPLAN performances.