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February 1996 (Vol. 6 Issue 11)

MagazineFebruary 1996 (Vol. 6 Issue 11)

This issue

FEATURE Case study:arachnoiditis due to medical negligence?

I was diagnosed as having arachnoiditis after I had been advised (to tell the truth, literally talked into) having epidural anesthetic for disc surgery 11 years ago

FEATURE Diabetes

It is widely accepted that diet and exercise are beneficial in diabetes (see WDDTY vol 3 no 7)

FEATURE Septrin's 'safe' substitute

The safety of the broad spectrum antibiotic co-trimoxazole, prescribed most frequently as Septrin (Septra in the US) or Bactrim, has been suspect for many years

FEATURE Nicotine patches

Q:How safe are the nicotine patches for stopping smoking? Do they really work? J McB, Washington, DC

FEATURE Waiting for godot

If ever there was a month that demonstrated how little medicine knows what it's doing, it has to be this one

FEATURE Lamotrigine

Our Drug of the Month was prompted by one of our readers

FEATURE Herbal help for headaches

Feverfew is a herb, a member of the daisy family

FEATURE A head full of horrors

Medicine throws a cocktail of drugs at migraine, with questionable benefits, when many practitioners have proved that a change of diet can often cure it forever

FEATURE Vitamin D and Osteoporosis

I am writing to see if you can offer further advice about vitamin D and osteoporosis (WDDTY vol 6 no 7)

FEATURE Alternative therapies for Osteoporosis

Three months ago, my 74 year old mother slipped and broke her leg, and was subsequently diagnosed as having osteoporosis

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