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Many seahorses mate for life, and males are always pregnant. Steven L Gordon/Shutterstock

Nine things you don’t know about seahorses

Fascinating facts about this unusual fish include that it doesn’t swim very well. A marine expert reveals why
The Australian drugs regulator is overhauling the health claims made by suppliers of complementary medicines, including homeopathic therapies. And some curious options are up for discussion. from www.shutterstock.com

New complementary medicine health claims lack evidence, so why are they even on the table?

Would you trust a complementary medicine described as “vermifuge”, “vulnerary” or “emmenagogue”? That’s what new labelling proposes and not everyone’s happy about it.
Doctors with special training in acupuncture and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine worked together in emergency departments. from www.shutterstock.com

Emergency doctors are using acupuncture to treat pain, now here’s the evidence

Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients’ pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn’t and how emergency departments of the future might use it.
The most concerning finding was leopard DNA. Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock

What’s in your herbal medicines?

Making sure that a tablet claiming to have 500 mg of paracetamol really does contain 500 mg of paracetamol is relatively easy. But how do you test for herbs?
All dentists should be practising evidence-based dentistry for the sake of their patients. John Dill/Flickr

‘Holistic’ dentistry: more poppycock than panacea?

Holistic dentistry claims to promote overall wellness rather than simply treating disease. But the lack of evidence for the alternative therapies underpinning it are cause for concern.
Chinese herbal treatments, among other complementary medicines, have come under scrutiny. Flickr/Tricia Wang

Attack on complementary medicine ‘undermines safety’

Cutting complementary medicine courses from universities would dilute the quality of the education available and threaten safe practice but have no impact on demand for it, according to academics writing…
Traditional Chinese medicines the authors genetically audited using new DNA sequencing technology. M.Bunce

Are traditional Chinese medicines safe and legal?

There are polarising views on the subject of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). This website has recently published numerous article about the efficacy and regulation of CAM, the placebo effect…

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