* A study of women who were taking tranquillizers found they had a 17 times higher risk of suffering from coronary thrombosis. One doctor suggests that the panic and phobias often generated by these drugs causes hyperventilation which leads to coronoary spasm The Lancet, 19/26 December 1992.
* The growing use of asthma inhalers may account for the rise in people suffering fatal or near fatal reactions to food. Of 13 patients who went into severe shock after eating certain foods, 12 were using sprays containing B-agonists for asthma. NE J Med, 17 December 1992.
* A 32 year old woman on HRT has developed a form of lung cancer that has previously been associated with use of the contraceptive pill.. N EJ of Medicine, 31 December 1992.