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The Bitter Pill

CAM Laboratory Tests Fail Two Important Criteria

By Bruce Campbell

A study of 11 common laboratory tests ordered by complementary medicine practitioners finds that they lack clinical validity and utility.

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Reflections on the Unexpected Depth of a Problem

By John Dwyer

Professor John Dwyer reflects on changes to Australia’s health climate and the continuing influence of complementary and alternative health practices.

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Does Osteopathy Have Better Scientific Credentials Than Chiropractic?

By Des Wiggins

A continuing misperception exists among healthcare providers: that the origins of osteopathy are less pseudoscientific than its 19th century counterpart, chiropractic.

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Therapeutic Goods Administration Challenged to Do Its Job

By Mal Vickers

Despite a number of reforms, the TGA’s system of labelling therapeutic goods confuses consumers and its complaints resolution process fails to deter repeat offenders.

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Forget Fake News: Is PR Hype the Big Problem in Science?

By Lyndal Byford

The problem of over-hyped science news is undermining public trust in science.

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The MINDD Foundation is Built on Shaky Ground

By John McLennan

A forum held at The University of NSW, but not endorsed by it, has highlighted the spurious credibility that university settings give to groups making unsubstantiated health claims.

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Diet Gurus Ignore the Weight of Evidence in Guidelines

By Rosemary Stanton

Diet gurus are blaming Australia’s obesity problem on government dietary guidelines they claim are unhealthy, when the real issue is that too few people follow them.

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What Is the Point of Veterinary Acupuncture?

By Tanya Stephens

While some misguided people try ineffective “therapies”, at least they can seek out other treatments if they don’t work. Not so the hapless pet.

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Why No Man Should Take a PSA Blood Test for Early Stage Prostate Cancer Without Reading This

By Ian Haines

Men with early-stage abnormalities of the prostate who are monitored for any progression of the cancer live just as long as men who opted for complete removal of the prostate and now live with the immediate consequences.

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Breast Cancer + Alternative Medicine = Lower Survival

By Pallave Dasari

The internet allows greater broadcasting of false information about cancer cures, which means that women are treating their breast cancer with alternative therapies known to be the direct cause of preventable deaths.

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