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Widespread US belief in medical conspiracy theories

Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the US Food and Drug Administration is deliberately...

The annual check-up

Most US doctors say it’s time to rethink the notion of a yearly physical, a fixture in medicine since the 1940s, reports Medicinenet. Studies...

Thou shalt be healthy

In a bid to curb rising obesity rates and a growing burden of lifestyle diseases and weight problems in children, SA’s Department of Health...

Medical care or medical cruelty?

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently pleased for a ‘mind shift’ in the ‘right to die’ debate. MedicalBrief's William Saunderson-Meyer takes up the issue, arguing...

Autism consensus challenged

Though the symptoms of autism frequently become less severe by adulthood, the consensus has always been that its core symptoms remain, writes The New...

UK surgery guidelines slated

Writing in The Independent, Zoë Harcombe, author of The Obesity Epidemic, is scathing of new UK government guidelines that recommend massively expanding bariatric surgery,...

‘Misguided’ war

Would the real purpose of the SA Competition Commission’s inquiry into private healthcare be to divert attention from government failure and legitimise punitive controls...

Therapists’ notes shared

Mental health patients do not have the ready access to office visit notes that, increasingly, other patients enjoy. But reports The New York Times,...

MP: 'Legalise dagga — and mistletoe’

Parliament has had its first debate on the legalisation of dagga for medicinal purposes and the impact of cancer on society, with calls to...

You can’t change an anti-vaxxers mind

Parents who believe falsely that vaccination is dangerous or unnecessary for children present a real public health hazard, reports Mother Jones. That's why researchers,...

Next big fight: Is SPD a real disease?

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is one of those 'peculiar modern diseases caught in the purgatory between legitimacy and quackery', writes Slate. It’s widely accepted...