Alternative medicine and its sceptics – Science Weekly podcast (The Guardian)

This week, Hannah Devlin asks: what are sceptics of alternative medicine saying about its rise? And what can their thoughts tell us about how the scientific sceptic movement is approaching the conversation?

Have your say on NHS Homeopathy in Bristol – by April 15th

Last August, we highlighted a consultation by Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCGs to end NHS Homeopathy funding. The consultation ended on August 15th, but the CCGs chose not to release the results, electing instead to wait until NHS England had announced the results of their own consultation, which they did in November 2017. …

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NHS Homeopathy ends in London

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Last week, the BBC covered the latest development in our campaign to stop NHS homeopathy, revealing that the Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine will no longer be allowed to offer homeopathy consultations to NHS patients, effectively ending NHS support for homeopathy in the capital: NHS homeopathy ending in London A major centre of homeopathy …

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Curbs on hospital linked to Queen over rule breach (The Times)

(Coverage from The Times of our NHS Homeopathy campaign) The hospital where the Queen’s homeopath works has been banned from offering homeopathy to NHS patients for disobeying health service policy. An audit found that the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine had been wrongly charging the alternative treatment to taxpayers.

NHS homeopathy ending in London (BBC)

(Coverage on the BBC of our NHS Homeopathy campaign) A major centre of homeopathy will no longer be able to spend NHS money on the controversial practice. The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine – formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital – will stop providing NHS-funded homeopathic remedies in April.

NHS stops funding for homeopathy at UK’s largest alternative medicine hospital (Independent)

(Coverage in the Independent of our NHS Homeopathy campaign) A major taxpayer-funded centre for homeopathic, herbal and alternative medicines will no longer be providing these remedies on the NHS after health service chiefs said homeopathy was “at best, a placebo”.

Good Thinking Supporters March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter: NHS Homeopathy comes to an end in London; now it’s time to turn our attention to Bristol

Why communication from a ‘locked-in’ child is a miracle we must question (The Guardian)

(Our article in The Guardian on Facilitated Communication) If Jonathan Bryan can communicate we should celebrate, but hard evidence is needed before we change how severely disabled children are cared for.

Charity criticises Kingston ‘alternative medicine’ practitioner over methods (SW Londoner)

A Surbiton-based alternative medicine practitioner has been labelled ‘irresponsible’ by an anti-pseudoscience charity for offering treatments ‘without good evidence’ for conditions including cancer. Caroline Cai, Contemporary Chinese Therapy owner, offers alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, deep-tissue massages, moxibustion, cupping and herbs to help with an array of conditions ranging from major illnesses to minor …

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Yuji Okitani competes in Grand Final of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Yuji Okitani receives an award from George Andrews, former president of the American Mathematical Society

Yuji Okitani, the winner of our UK Who Wants to Be a Mathematician competition, competed in the international Grand Final in the US last Saturday, finishing a very respectable third place in his semi final. The competition, which is run by the American Mathematical Society and took place live at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings …

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