1. The Australian Medical Association has warned parents against using alternative treatments (such as homeopathy, Chinese medicine and chiropractic) to treat their children’s illnesses. According to the AMA’s President Steve Hambleton parents could do their children more harm than good when they choose an alternative therapy to deal with a common illness like a cold.
Mr Hambleton told The Australian newspaper it was important “people using treatment are informed” and that parents should avoid treatments “informed only by anecdote or testimonial” evidence. The warning comes in the wake of reports that a chiropractor broke a five-week-old baby’s back last month.
2. Thirteen children and their school principal are dead after a suicide bomber attacked their school playground, in Northern Iraq. Roughly 80 other people, including students, were injured in the blast.