Health

Brazil’s bogus “Covid kit” represents a failure of private healthcare regulation

Investigations show doctors were pressured to prescribe "early treatment protocol" Covid kits made up of unproven, ineffective interventions

New NICE guidelines on chronic pain fall woefully short – and not just because of the acupuncture

Chronic pain patients need evidence-based care - instead, new NICE guidelines offer them patronising messaging, paternalism, and acupuncture

Rapid Prompting Method: A new form of communicating? Hardly

Despite the extraordinary claims, messages derived via Rapid Prompting Method come not from non-speaking people, but from their facilitators.

Virginity testing is as unscientific as it is sexist, but will banning these tests prove effective?

Banning virginity testing won't stop the violation of women’s rights, but protecting human rights will make such tests obsolete

Do we really need supplements? A skeptic’s guide to micronutrients

While most nutritional supplements are probably not worth your time and money, not everything on the vitamin shelf should be dismissed

Encouraging patients to question their vaccine eligibility will cause more harm than good

As the vaccine rollout continues at pace, it's vital that messaging to patients remains clear: if you're invited for a vaccine, please take it

Activated charcoal is increasingly popular, so let’s talk about what makes for a good toothpaste

The alternative medicine community is very fond of their charcoal toothpastes, but the vast majority offer zero protection to teeth

10 persistent HIV myths we need to move past to break the stigma of the disease

It's a Sin showed us how much our understanding of HIV has changed, but social attitudes to the disease still remain mired in stigma

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