Russia, advertising, infodemics, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Russian government’s vaccine claims spark safety concerns from experts “We have every reason to believe that they fudged the figures.” Hear FSM’s founder Prof John Dwyer discuss his doubts about Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine in a 2GB interview.

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Potential harm, actual nonsense, riot-acts, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Natural cold and flu busters unlikely to do the trick but could do harmProfessor Geraldine Moses works as a clinical pharmacist at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, and holds a position with the University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy. … [Read more...]

Post-truth, vitamin D, acupuncture, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

To win the fight against health and wellness bunk, we must leave the post-truth era in the past: Fighting misinformation spread through social media can lead to people becoming entrenched in their views, which can lead to the view that … [Read more...]

COVID-19 tests, questions, myths, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Watch what you’re saying:  “A statement from AHPRA issued on the Pharmacy Board website said: ‘While the vast majority of health practitioners are responding professionally to the COVID-19 emergency and focusing on providing safe care, AHPRA and National Boards are seeing … [Read more...]

Zaps, climate change, gene-editing, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Can a few zaps a day keep the pain away? It seems like a great idea, but the evidence base for transcutaneous electric neuronal stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic pain is severely lacking. Complaints made to the TGA that these … [Read more...]

Genetic trials, cult statistics, bushfires, and more…

Friends’ News and Articles

Acupuncture doesn’t work: The stronger evidence shows that acupuncture can only have a placebo effect. It doesn’t matter where the needles are placed, or whether they penetrate the skin.

From the vault: Newborn vitamin K shots save baby lives: Newborn … [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...]

Guidelines, autism, HRT, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Health professionals and complementary therapies: what can consumers reasonably expect? The Medical Board of Australia is developing guidelines for the use of complementary therapies by health practitioners. Under standard guidelines, recommending complementary therapies might constitute unprofessional conduct, as these therapies … [Read more...]

Bent Spoons, a cautionary tale, missing ethics, and more…

FSM News & Articles

Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP) 2019-20: On 7 April 2019, the Minister for Health announced an updated review of natural therapies… Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) has nominated our President, Assoc Prof Ken Harvey, for membership of … [Read more...]