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The Bitter Pill

Smoke, Mirrors and Nanotechnology

By Andrew Stapleton

Alternative health practitioners are quick to offer a variety of untested therapies. Nanotechnology is yet another in the list.

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The Needles Are as Thin as the Evidence

By Marko Petrovic

Practitioners of dry-needling swear by it, yet there is no evidence it will relieve your muscular aches and pains.

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Why People Believe Weird Things 101

By Mark Carter

A new university course is teaching students why normally sensible people believe weird things, and some of the tricks used by pseudoscientific practitioners.

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Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have a Neurological Origin?

By Leighton Barnden

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may result from damage to a small but critical brain structure.

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Pseudoscience in Sport: If It’s Legal It Probably Doesn’t Work

By Marko Petrovic

Elite athletes are prime targets for emerging sham products that promise make-believe effects.

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“Integrative Medicine” Has No Place in Universities

By Loretta Marron

With their financial resources under threat, Australia’s universities need to resist the temptation of offering lucrative courses that rebadge complementary therapies as “integrative medicine”.

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“Alternative” Is Not a Compliment

By Sue Ieraci

There is no such thing as “CAM”, only medicine, complementary therapy and scam.

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Stepping out of the Dental Dark Ages

By Michael Foley

Water fluoridation has been one of the country’s most effective public health measures, but parts of Australia don’t have that benefit and may even strongly resist it. Why?

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What’s the Evidence, Ms Kardashian?

By Lauren Giorgio

It is disturbingly common to find celebrities paid to spruik alternative treatments, medicines and practices that science has already shown are ineffective – or worse.

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Why Do We Pay Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate their Kids?

By Peter Speck

The federal government wrestles with the cost of health care for Australians, so isn’t it time they stopped paying parents not to vaccinate their children?

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