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…

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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...]

The Berlin Wall, Pete Evans, supermarkets, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

The Queen’s pharmacist is criticised for selling powdered Berlin Wall as a miracle cure for relationship troubles: With the concepts of ‘like cures like’ and ‘make it weaker to make it stronger’, there truly is nothing that is too … [Read more...]

TV doctors, TV myths, unqualified transfusions, and more…

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Pulling back the curtain on ‘The Doctors’ and ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ – What our analysis revealedMedical talk shows, people love them. But how credible are they? Answer: not very. Most the advice dispensed has no scientific basis and a lot of … [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...]

Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP) 2019-20

On 7 April 2019, the Minister for Health announced an updated review of natural therapies.[i] The review will be led by the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Brendan Murphy, and be supported by the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP). NTREAP … [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...]

Cupping, cherry picking, braking, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Natural cold and flu busters unlikely to do the trick but could do harm: Turmeric, another popular supplement – “it’s in bloody tea and coffee now,” says Professor Moses – is also a blood thinner. High doses of turmeric combined with … [Read more...]