Pain, silence, lessons, and more…

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Most people don’t realise long-term opioid use can make pain worse, research finds: As more and more is learned about the opioid crisis, it is also becoming clear that many patients are unaware of side effects, and may not realise … [Read more...]

Wet markets, shortages, woo, and more…

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World Health Organisation supports reopening of Chinese wet markets: Professor John Dwyer, an immunologist at UNSW and public health expert who spearheaded Australia’s fight against HIV/AIDS, says it’s unlikely the markets will remain shut for long, despite the risks they pose. … [Read more...]

Controversies, models, dry skin, and more…

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JOHN DWYER. Exploring COVID-19 controversies. Part One: As we settle into the longest winter of our lives, strict containment strategies are provoking controversy fuelled by misinformation or insufficient knowledge of COVID realities. 
Is the cure worse than the disease?

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Pandemics, vaccines, pseudoscience and more…

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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...]

Inadequacy, inappropriateness, infodemics, and more…

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JOHN DWYER – The opioid crisis should focus attention on the inadequacy of Primary Care in Australia: “Some three millions of us live with daily severe pain. Arthritis, back injuries, headaches, nerve damage and even psychologically induced pain are some … [Read more...]

Cancer, climate change, sweeteners, and more…

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Contrary to what we are frequently told, we are not “losing the war on cancer” (2020 edition): With improved cancer prevention, cancer detection, and improved cancer treatment, the mortality rate has been dropping steadily for decades. However with both the medical … [Read more...]

Malaria, fibre, seatbelts and more…

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Health professionals and complementary therapies: what can consumers reasonably expect? “Individuals are at risk of spending money they cannot afford, on useless goods and services, and perhaps delaying efficacious therapy or at worst not receiving needed therapy at all. The cost … [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...]

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

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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...]