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News meningitis - Vaccine linked to life-threatening reaction
Menactra, one of the two meningitis vaccines available in the US, may cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a serious neurological disorder.
News heart caren - Doing less is doing more
A heart patient can look forward to an invasive package of drugs, early coronary angiography and revascularisation.
Radiation: it’s worse than you were told
How much radiation can a human being face before it becomes a carcinogen?
Q&a tinnitus and syringing - Tinnitus treatments
The idea of a link between inadequate vitamin A and hearing disorders was initially treated with suspicion, reflected by its being confined to animal studies and observations. But it was resurrected 1...
Booster vaccine: one jab too many?
The US drugs regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has approved a new booster shot of the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) vaccine, even though it is the vaccine with the most repo...
Q&a sebaceous cysts - Getting rid of cysts naturally
sebaceous cysts, epidermoid cysts, skin growths, acupuncture, star points, Vitex agnus castus, expulsion, reabsorption, benzoyl peroxide, herbal poultice, homoeopathy, Silicea, Echinacea
Main feature - The new cancer theories
Why do people get cancer? With 500,000 Americans and 100,000 Britons dying of the disease every year, it’s a fair-enough question. Unfortunately, medicine is concerned more with treating it - with an...
Femoral fractures: pins better than casts
A recent study has revealed that pins are more effective than casts in healing fractures of the femur in children. A group of 101 children aged 4 to 10 years who were admitted to one of four paediatri...
Radiographs: it’s all in the reading
Medical screening isn’t an area of healthcare that covers itself in glory. Too many tests come up with false positives and false negatives, a recent study has discovered. A hundred clinicians in Russi...
Drugs drug alerts - Asthma drugs: they are safe, really, aren’t they?
When it comes to drug safety, how safe is safe? Take, for instance, three beta-agonist bronchodilators that have been used by asthma sufferers. One, Serevent (salmeterol xinafoate) was first suspected...
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