Smart guts, broken necks, mechanical hearts, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Pushing the last frontier – The Flinders Uni researchers cracking the colon code: “Propulsion of intestinal contents is controlled by millions of neurons within the wall of the gut, known as the enteric nervous system. Capable of operating independently of the … [Read more...]

Social media, measles, hand-washing and more…

Friends’ News and Articles

Antivaxxers on Facebook: “Increasingly the struggle within the marketplace of ideas between science and pseudoscience is taking place online. All sides have reaped the benefits of online communities and social media, and it is difficult to quantify the exact effect. We … [Read more...]

Paracetamol, measles, probiotics, and more…

General

Expert reaction to study looking at paracetamol in pregnancy and autism, ADHD and other developmental disabilities in children: Another lesson dealing with research and media reporting. There is a growing body of work that taking paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy leads to development of ADHD … [Read more...]

Platelets, unsafe psychology, DNA, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections – Lots of hype, no convincing evidence: Despite the enthusiasm and aggressive marketing, there are few well-controlled and rigorous clinical trials of platelet-rich plasma. These highest quality trials are consistently negative. It could be that the … [Read more...]

Fungi, measles, Chairman Mao, and more…

General

Fungi from the gut can promote cancer in the pancreasYou may have heard the strange theory of Tullio Simoncini that cancer is a fungus. Obvious nonsense. But while cancer may not actually be a fungus, it is intriguing to find fungus may … [Read more...]

Quacks, trends, bans, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

A horrifying survey of “pediatric naturopathic oncology” practice: It’s a rallying cry of quacks the world over, even though we already have far more than enough evidence to conclude that a large number of the treatments (e.g., reiki, restrictive diets, … [Read more...]

Bans, meat, hormones, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

FDA proposes ban on curcumin and other naturopathic favorites in compounded drugs: “Freed from the normal safety and efficacy evidence requirements for prescription drugs, these practitioners were able to create drugs based on scanty evidence or, in some cases, … [Read more...]

Hormones, failures, absurdities, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Acupuncture a ‘realistic option’ vs HRT for hot flushes (or is it?): Comment from Prof Alastair MacLennan about the linked article. He says, “Menopause and its common symptom, hot flushes, is often targeted by alternative therapists with a variety of … [Read more...]