Pharmacies should reconsider selling homoeopathic remedies, says the chair of the working committee that helped develop the NHMRC Draft Information Paper on homoeopathy.The NHMRC draft Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions, released this week, looked at published systematic reviews, information provided by homoeopathy interest groups and individuals, and evidence-based guidelines and government reports to assess the evidence base for homoeopathy.It concluded that the evidence from research in humans does not show homoeopathy is effect in treating the 68 health... Read more

Coeliac disease needs to be taken more seriously, as its long-term effects can be serious, even deadly, says Penny Dellsperger, Coeliac Australia’s technical officer.

Coeliac Awareness Week (13-20 Mar) has just started, with a strong consumer campaign aimed at encouraging diagnosis.

“If someone’s not diagnosed or treated properly – if they’re not on a gluten-free diet – long-term complications can included really serious things, like cancers, osteoporosis, infertility in men and women and liver disease,”... Read more

Christmas and Boxing Day are prime time for tummy trouble, says the Gut Foundation’s Professor Terry Bolin – not only do a huge percentage of people eat too much food and drink too much alcohol, but the nature of these foods can trigger symptoms in people with existing conditions and intolerances.

Frequent eating out, including at barbecues and buffets, can be a source of food poisoning, he says.

‘Chicken, for example, is notorious for salmonella,’ says Terry. ‘And they say eggs are as well, at the moment;... Read more

As the New Year draws close and many people start to think about losing weight, it’s important to remember that we need to consume balanced diets that draw from all food groups, says Aloysa Hourigan, senior nutritionist at Nutrition Australia.

‘Each group of foods contains a range of different nutrients in different proportions, that are all important for our health,’ says Aloysa.

‘If we cut out a whole group, for example all the dairy, you’re going to get a major drop in nutrients like calcium and protein,... Read more

Pharmacists could soon have a better grounding in complementary medicines (CMs), following the announcement by Sydney University of a new lectureship in the Quality Use of Complementary Medicines, enabled through support from Blackmores Institute.

The Sydney University Faculty of Pharmacy will appoint a lecturer to develop an evidence-based curriculum covering the quality use of complementary medicines. A program in complementary medicine will then be able to be integrated into the existing curriculum of the BPharm... Read more

The Blackmores Institute has released a statement warning that recent claims by a South Australian academic – that a large percentage of herbal medicines available in Australia may be missing important ingredients, or be contaminated – are based on distorted statistics and overseas research which is not generalizable.

Ian Musgrove, a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, has appeared in mainstream media outlets discussing Canadian research on DNA barcoding that examined 44 herbal products on sale in North... Read more