Hay fever, misinformation, pharmacists, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

HPV vaccine effectiveness – 14 year follow-up of women, all good news: Yet more evidence that the HPV vaccine is safe and effective. Yes, that’s right. They DO check these things.

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Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia: Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) [Read more...]

Denialism, defamation, retractions, and more…

FSM News and Articles

World Health Organization and Beijing – an unhealthy partnership? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a source of useful drug compounds, but to treat all TCM as efficacious and safe is incredibly dangerous. In this time of COVID-19, many believe the … [Read more...]

Loretta Marron reviews “Don’t believe what you think” by Edzard Ernst

Don’t believe what you think
by Edzard Ernst

(UK, Imprint Academic, published 2020, Edition 1, 261 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1788360081)

It would be a rare individual who could claim they have never held an irrational belief. When it comes to ‘So-Called Alternative Medicine’ (SCAM), we live in a world … [Read more...]

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…

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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...]