* Children who have a history of whooping cough do not significantly suffer from respiratory disease or lung malfunction in adulthood, according to a British study monitoring patients from 1958 to 1998 (N Eng J Med, 1998; 338: 581-7).
* A significant increase in deaths from medication error in the US have occurred over the last 10 years, according to a report from the University of California. Between 1983 and 1993, deaths from drug errors increased 2.57. Deaths from anaesthetics formed part of the largest increase (Lancet, 1998; 351: 643-4).
* One fifth of unpasteurised cow's milk is contaminated with bacteria, according to the Public Health Laboratory Service, London, UK (BMJ, 1998; 316: 625).