Read the latest HealthWatch newsletter:  Newsletter 117, Winter 2021-22

The highlights of the Summer 2016 issue of the HealthWatch Newsletter are now online! In this issue:

  • Dr Roger Fisken alerted the MHRA to a device making impossible medical claims. But is his complaint being investigated or ignored? His case raises questions about lack of transparency of the work of this public body (full text)
  • John Illman, winner of a 2016 Medical Journalists’ Association award, explains why anecdotes in the media are so much more powerful than statistics (intro only)
  • A tribute to the recently-late John Garrow, professor of human nutrition, leading obesity expert, and a passionate campaigner for evidence (full text)
    Can foods really boost the immune system? David Bender examines the claims and finds some truths, and some whoppers! (intro only)
  • News of the 2016 HealthWatch Debate which addressed the motion: “This house believes sugar is harmful so all sugary foods should be taxed, not just soft drinks” (intro only)
  • The secrets of complementary and alternative are revealed—by magician Richard Rawlins; and the memoirs of Beulah Bewley, an inspirational woman who qualified as a doctor in the 1950’s and went on to become a Dame of the British Empire for services to women doctors (intro only)
  • Medical journalist and author Caroline Richmond celebrates the continuing fall in homeopathy prescriptions (intro only)

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