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...]

Insurance, legal errors, rewards, and more…

FSM News & Articles

Reform Calls: Private health insurance at the crossroads: There is a plethora of data from other countries supporting primary care strategies that reduce hospital admissions for medical problems. The $11 billion of support for PHI should be steadily diverted to pay … [Read more...]

Truth in labelling, alt-med failures, legislative challenges, and more…

FSM Friends news & articles

CHOICE campaign urges Senate to support truthful labelling on health benefits of supplement: “If a bottle of vitamins in the chemist says it supports heart health or provides relief from anxiety, you should be able to trust those claims. But … [Read more...]

Acupuncture failures, vaccine myths, science denialism, and more…

FSM Friends news & articles

Acupuncture and the placebo problem:   “When the advocates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) push back against critics, they often point to the big CAM “successes.” The argument usually goes as follows: the heartless science-informed cynics have long said acupuncture … [Read more...]

Acupuncture letter to President, Hungarian Academy of Science

Zsolt Boldogkői, head of the Department of Medical Biology at the University of Szeged, lamented TCM’s growing influence in the country in an open letter to the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. “Acupuncture is based on pseudoscience and a technique unsuitable for medical … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers, deadly quackery, clinical trials, and more…

 

FSM Friends news & articles

Doctors attack alternative medicine: A group of doctors have called for their ruling body to ban doctors using their professional titles when offering alternative medicines such as homeopathy, acupuncture and the skin rejuvenation treatment mesotherapy.

The naturopath whistleblower: ‘It [Read more...]

Pain relief, tooth decay, barbecue habits, and more…

 

FSM Friends news & articles

Should we recommend acupuncture for pain relief? … What do you think? “We concluded that after decades of research and hundreds of acupuncture pain trials, including thousands of patients, we still have no clear mechanism of action, insufficient evidence … [Read more...]

Acupuncture, pain relief, alcohol and more…

FSM news & articles

Cochrane Acupuncture Update: Over 60 Cochrane Systematic Reviews fail to find robust evidence to support clinically significant outcomes for acupuncture for any disease or disorder: In the time since acupuncture first began being seriously researched by medical researchers and many, … [Read more...]