Pandemics, vaccines, pseudoscience and more…

FSM News and Articles

Aussie doctor pushes for free flu vaccine:  “UNSW immunologist [and FSM Co-founder] Professor John Dwyer tells Ben Fordham we will need to take strict measures when it comes to public transport and that the flu vaccine should be made free this … [Read more...]

Coronavirus, diets, language, and more…

General

Wash your damn handsA guide to hand washing in the setting of COVID-19.

Just how contagious is COVID-19? This chart puts it in perspective: With so much fear and misinformation about COVID-19 going about, it’s good to put things in perspective. Here … [Read more...]

Safety fails, mugwort, viruses, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Following a Channel 9 story on alt-health products that fail safety standards, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has hit back. They called the story “false and malicious” and “evil-intentioned”. In social media, CMA has been crowing that FSM fell for “fake news”. … [Read more...]

Mushrooms, Evidence, Smart Watches, and more…

FSM News and Articles

University under fire for mushrooms claim after sponsor revealed: “An Australian university has come under fire for spruiking a study into the supposed immune-boosting powers of mushrooms – without revealing it was sponsored by a company that sells mushroom-based immune-boosters.” More … [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...]

Science advocacy, Lyme disease, The Brady Bunch, and more…

FSM Friends News and Articles

Timothy Caulfield: Are we enabling harmful wellness woo?  “In this age of misinformation, fake news and twisted science, we need a stronger and less equivocal response to misinformation and unproven healthcare practices. Can we blame people for believing science-free nonsense … [Read more...]

Skin care, snake oil, intravenous myths, and more…

FSM Friends News & Articles

Gluten-free skin and beauty products – Extracting cash from the gullible: “Unfortunately, the known deleterious health effects of gluten in people with coeliac disease have been extrapolated into a much vaguer, as-yet scientifically unvalidated, clinical entity that supposedly a … [Read more...]

Weight-loss, chronic pain, Facebook, and more…

FSM News & Articles

CSIRO profiting from weight loss pill with no scientific backing: The pills, marketed as ‘Metabolic C12’ contain lauric acid, which has some early evidence behind it as an appetite suppressant. However, it has never been tested for weight loss. The Impromy [Read more...]

FSM Friends news & articles

Regulating fringe practitioners: “The end result of licensing practitioners who are not science-based is that fraud and pseudoscience now has the imprimatur of legitimate medicine, the public is largely confused about the true status of these practitioners, and the regulatory … [Read more...]