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Is cancer fundraising fuelling quackery?

Figures published by The BMJ today show how crowdfunding for alternative therapies for patients with terminal cancer has soared in recent years. But there are fears that huge sums are being raised for treatments that are not backed by evidence and which, in some cases, may even do then harm. As such, there are now calls for crowdfunding sites to vet cancer appeals to help ensure that patients and their donors are not being exploited, writes freelance journalist Melanie Newman. The figures, collected by the Good Thinking Society, a charity that promotes scientific thinking, show that since 2012 appeals on...


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London: It has come to light that the expensive version of various food staples - the gluten-free products - are not as healthy for you as it is made to believe. A new University of Hertfordshire study has revealed that the nutrient content of the gluten-free products is not much different from regular eatables. Researchers conducting the study compared and assessed the cost and nutritional information of various food products. The premise data was collected from supermarkets and manufacturers. Eating gluten-free has become a rage among health-freaks and diet-conscious people. While many people rally the benefits of reducing gluten intake,...
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Even after separation, Bhutanese conjoined twins want to be close

(CNN)Despite their new-found independence, the Bhutanese conjoined twins who were separated by doctors in Australia last week still want to be close to each other, nurseshave told reporters.15-month-old sisters Dawa and Nima Pelden flew nearly 6,000 miles for the life-changing operation. They were born joined at the stomach.Bhutanese twins Dawa and Nima insist on being near each other despite being separated.Nurse coordinator Kellie Smith, who works on the twins' ward at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital, told reporters Thursday that the pair are never far from one another. "We try and have them a little bit apart," Smith said, according to...
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