Responsibilities, good-byes, side-effects, and more…

FSM News and Articles

A moral responsibility to get Australians home: Friend of Science in Medicine, Prof. John Dwyer discusses the ban on travel from India, approaches that could help Australians come home, and the technical/logistical challenges that would need to be met. “The … [Read more...]

Disaster, worthlessness, disinformation, and more…

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The unfolding COVID-19 disaster in PNG: “Helping New Guinea with its disastrous COVID-19 outbreak is not pure altruism on our part. The unbridled, indeed raging pandemic, known to have infected 100,000 already and likely to have infected a million more within … [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...]

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...]

Insurance, legal errors, rewards, and more…

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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...]

Non-carcinogens, denialism, smoking, and more…

General

The 2019 flu shot isn’t perfect – but it’s still our best defence against influenza: With a belter of a flu season upon us, it’s still worth considering getting vaccinated if you haven’t yet – flu cases peak in late July or August so … [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...]

Cold cures, placebos, placentophagy, and more…

 

FSM news & articles

Science or Snake Oil: will horseradish and garlic really ease a cold?: Some of us may have heard that horseradish and garlic supplements help ease cold and flu. Blooms High Strength Horseradish and Garlic Complex claims it has. Others, such … [Read more...]