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Charity Commission releases new guidance on CAM charities

There are a number of charities who should take this as a clear sign that they need to review whether their actions align with this new guidance, and ask themselves what evidence they have to demonstrate that the therapies they promote and provide actually have the benefits they claim. If they find they cannot meet these new guidelines, they should refocus their activities and then amend what claims they make to patients and the public, to ensure that they are not in breach of charity law.

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Olivia Guo wins UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Final

Our 2018/19 winner Olivia Guo, pictured with Matt Parker and Simon Singh.

Olivia Guo from Shrewsbury Concord College in Shrewsbury was today crowned the 2018 UK winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, our annual search for the country’s top young mathematical mind. Olivia competed in the final earlier today, alongside fellow finalists Paul Scarr from Whitley Bay High School in Newcastle, Zaka Ahmed from King …

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Shropshire student Olivia through to UK mathematics final (Shropshire Star)

A high-flying Shropshire student is through to the UK final of a competition for young mathematicians.

BBC upholds our complaint against BBC Radio Leeds homeopathy phone-in

The BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit has upheld our complaint against a homeopathy phone-in on Liz Green’s BBC Radio Leeds programme. Listeners were encouraged to call and text in to say whether homeopathy “has worked for them”. Two of the three callers interviewed were homeopaths, who were given significant air time and claimed that homeopathy is …

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop health product ‘dangerous to expecting mothers’ (Sunday Times)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop has been reported to British regulators over 113 alleged breaches of UK advertising law. Good Thinking Society, a charity that promotes scientific thinking, has accused the Oscar-winning actress of presiding over a company that issues “potentially dangerous” advice related to “unproven” health products.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician 2018/19 finalists announced

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician logo

The second round of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is now complete, and we are delighted to be able to announce the four students, who will be taking part in the UK final next month: Zaka Ahmed from King Edward VI Aston, Birmingham Jordan Baillie from St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld Jingyi Guo from Concord College, …

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Covering Alternative Cancer Stories

The BMJ’s report on fundraisers for alternative cancer treatments highlights media coverage as one of the key drivers in the money being raised to fund ineffective cancer therapies. According to the BMJ’s report: Newspaper and TV reports on people with cancer drive donors to the crowdfunding sites, sometimes attracting the attention of celebrities, who boost …

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Heart-tugging tales of crowdfunded cancer ‘cures’ fuel quack medicine (New Scientist)

Media stories about people with cancer seeking controversial cures are unwittingly bolstering unscientific and potentially harmful treatments, says Michael Marshall

BMJ publishes Good Thinking’s cancer fundraising investigation

The BMJ today published the results of a year-long investigation by Good Thinking into crowdfunding appeals for ineffective cancer treatments. As part of the investigation, Good Thinking searched fundraising sites such as JustGiving and GoFundMe, looking for appeals from UK patients which referenced unproven or disproven cancer treatments, and identifying where these treatments were being …

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Regulator removes osteopath from register following our complaint against misleading claims

The General Osteopathic Council has found Nicholas Handoll guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and has directed that his name be removed from the Register of Osteopaths. We reported Handoll to the GOsC in November 2015, highlighting misleading advertising claims regarding paediatric conditions. A webpage entitled “Infants and Children” stated: Osteopaths are first-contact practitioners, trained to …

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