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December 1993 (Vol. 4 Issue 9)

MagazineDecember 1993 (Vol. 4 Issue 9)

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FEATURE New uppers: no improvement

The SSRI group of antidepressants - including fluoxetine and paroxetine - are no more effective and have no fewer side effects than the older tricyclic antidepressants, according to an overview of six double-blind studies (Curr Ther Res, 1993; 54)

FEATURE Rhythm method: as good as the pill

Natural family planning - or the rhythm method - is easy to use and as reliable as the Pill, according to a research team at a UK Birmingham hospital

FEATURE Fractures: poor track record

Faulty surgery by inept and untrained doctors is leaving many fracture victims unnecessarily disabled, according to a UK report

FEATURE Reading the large print

Recently, you may have heard of the British family whose 9-year-old daughter died from chickenpox after being given steroids to treat a relatively minor eye problem (see Case Study, p 10)

FEATURE Back pain: the dangers of surgery

If you have low back pain, instead of rushing to your own doctor, first try the most conservative management you can

FEATURE Back pain: the dangers of surgery

At some point in our lives, 80 per cent of all of us living in the West will suffer from disabling low back pain

FEATURE The risks of steroids for toxoplasmosis

'Last August, my nine-year-old daughter, Lexie, complained of a blurry patch on her eye

FEATURE Recommended Reading

Title: Sharks Don't Get Cancer Author: Dr I

FEATURE Call for pill over the counter

The contraceptive pill should be available over the counter without the need for a doctor's prescription, according to an editorial in The Lancet (4 September 1993)


Dear WDDTY, On the last page of the extremely interesting and useful article on ME (vol 4 no 5), you mention in the box that 'Biolab can help practitioners test for

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