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February 1994 (Vol. 4 Issue 11)

MagazineFebruary 1994 (Vol. 4 Issue 11)

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FEATURE Case study: Breast Cancer

A close friend who had been on HRT found a lump in her right breast

FEATURE Some hrt "failures"

Despite a tireless sales campaign by doctors and the drug industry, half of all women prescribed HRT stop within six months, according to a recent survey by the National Opinions Polls, and four out of five do so without telling their GP (GP, 22 January 1993)

FEATURE Natural family planning

Natural family planning described by detractors as the rhythm method or Roman roulette is finally beginning to be recognized by the medical establishment as a safe and effective method of contraception

FEATURE Laser eye surgery

Q:I would be interested to see some discussion in WDDTY on the pros and cons of laser operations to correct vision defects

FEATURE High price of equality

Two recently released studies which crossed my desk this month make a telling statement about the way that the West has chosen to care for small children in the late Twentieth century

FEATURE Septrin/septra

Septrin (in the UK), called Septra in the US, is an antibacterial drug used to treat everything from traveller's diarrhea to HIV infection (see Second Opinion, p12)

FEATURE The true cancer statistics

Proponents of HRT constantly attempt to make light of the proven breast and endometrial cancer risks of HRT

FEATURE X-rays and pregnancy

Q:When did research first point out the dangers of x-rays during pregnancy and links with leukemia?

FEATURE Hrt-more bad news

In the second part of our special report, we catalogue the little known side effects of a drug that is more likely to make you ill than add sparkle to your life

FEATURE Hiv blindness

In the world of medicine, the old conundrum which comes first, the chicken or the egg? has transformed into: which comes first, the disease or the medication? This is most apparent in AIDS diagnosis where the confusion concerns what HIV actually causes and whether the diseases considered to be part of the syndrome come before or as a result of the medication prescribed

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