Food intolerances and some diffi-cult-to-diagnose conditions have also been confused with allergies, says the guide by Sense About Science which draws on information from allergy specialists and charities.
net, is the collaborative effort of an unusual group of organizations: Bad Science, Sense about Science, the British Medical Journal, the James Lind Initiative, and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
This in turn encouraged various British NGOs such as Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense About Science to start a high-profile campaign, which led the British government to finally present libel reform legislation to Parliament.
In its annual list of what it considers the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign named US reality TV star Nicole Polizzi, Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann and American singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro as top offenders, with their dubious views on why the sea is salty, the risks of cervical cancer vaccines and the colon.
UK: Two new reports released by Sense About Science and the Association of Clinical Biology, and the Royal College of Pathologists and the PHG Foundation address the need for government oversight of diagnostic testing kits and the potential for misdiagnoses.