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April 1996 (Vol. 7 Issue 1)

MagazineApril 1996 (Vol. 7 Issue 1)

This issue

FEATURE Lithium evidence `misinterpreted'; varicose veins: no clot risk

Psychiatrists are beginning to question the use of the drug lithium in treating manic-depressives

FEATURE Down's test discriminatory

Another flaw in the triple test for pregnant women seems to have been uncovered - it doesn't work too well on Asian women

FEATURE Diet drugs: hypertension link

Appetite suppressants have been linked to high blood pressure in France - so is it the same the world over? In Britain, a study of 55 patients found that just three had taken appetite suppressants, and then only briefly

FEATURE Consciously sedated

A few months ago, I had a minor medical problem

FEATURE Put babies back with parents

In a medical volte face, pediatricians in New Zealand are now saying that you can reduce the risk of your child dying from cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) if he sleeps in the same room as you

FEATURE Drug won't prevent herpes

Acyclovir - the standard drug treatment against herpes - is ineffective against recurrent herpes, which is the most common form of the disease

FEATURE Breast surgery causes relapse

Surgery for breast cancer increases the risk of relapse or death within three years following the procedure, cancer specialist Michael Baum has revealed

FEATURE Hard labour hard labour

Photographs transmitted all over the world of prisoner 'Annette', from the notorious Holloway Prison in London, labouring in chains have caused us all to take stock of the penal system's treatment of pregnant women

FEATURE Old vaccine proves a dud

Acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines have been developed because they are supposed to be safer and more efficient than the earlier, whole-cell versions

FEATURE Sun advice: lots of hot air

All the things we're told about melanoma, or skin cancer, prevention seem to be just plain wrong

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