Tagged: fraud

Are local quacks getting away with health fraud? - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Dec 15, 2016

A decades old loophole in New Zealand’s patient protection legislation is letting quacks get away with what could amount to health fraud, right under the regulator’s nose. In New Zealand, patients are protected from “health fraud scams” by the Medicines Act. This legislation, which is enforced by Medsafe, only allows products making strong health claims to be sold … Read More

Foiling Fiddled Data - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 26, 2013

Synthetic chemists produce new compounds by reacting various starting materials and/or reagents together. In order to determine the structure of what she has made, the chemist must run a series of analyses, which not only prove the compound has the structure she claims to have made, but also that it is present in pure form. These analyses include mass spectrometry, … Read More

Isoscapes – a Tool for Forensics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 29, 2011

As chemists throughout the world have studied the occurrence of different elemental isotopes and developed new techniques to measure the proportions of isotopes present in different parts of the world, this knowledge has developed into a useful tool for forensic scientists. Referred to as isoscapes, a merging of “isotope” with “landscape” this field allows the geographical origin of a sample … Read More

Fraudulent Bomb Detectors - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 04, 2011

Those with a good memory for quirky media stories about things that have no direct bearing on their own lives might recall this article or this one from last year. These stories covered the use of proven fraudulent explosive detectors at Iraqi checkpoints by police and security personnel. Ben Goldacre also covered the story a [...] … Read More