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March 2000 (Vol. 10 Issue 12)

MagazineMarch 2000 (Vol. 10 Issue 12)

This issue

FEATURE Vioxx

Vioxx (rofecoxib) is the first of a new kind of analgesic to be licensed in the UK

FEATURE Shorts

* The average schoolchild carries more than 30 per cent of his body weight at least once a week in the form on a school backpack, according to Italian researchers (Lancet, 1999; 354: 1974)

FEATURE If you decide against vaccination. . .

Don't let anyone bully you into your decision, for or against

FEATURE Feel good pain control

When I was 18, doctors discovered that I had ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that destroys the spine and all the major joints of the body

FEATURE None dare call it censorship

Some months back a few press releases began appearing on my desk from an Oxford based organisation calling itself the Social Issues Research Centre, or SIRC, claiming to be an "independent, non profit organisation founded to conduct research on social issues

FEATURE Meningitis c vaccine every child a guinea pig

The British government has rushed through a new vaccine for meningitis C and plans to offer it to every child and college student

FEATURE Squeezing a balloon

Many in the scientific community wonder whether this vaccine will increase other forms of meningitis

FEATURE My favourite toothpaste now contains sls!

In "Toxic Toiletries" (vol 10 no 7, Oct 1999), which I found extremely informative and important, I was pleased to see that Sarakan toothpaste was on your recommended list

FEATURE How does this new vaccine differ from the old one?

The old combined A and C meningitis vaccine was a "polysaccharide", made of a bit of the coat that forms the bacterial wall of Neisseria meningitidis strain C

FEATURE Bronchial asthma

Both my daughter and son were born with a form of bronchial asthma which has caused a weakness in the lungs which renders them lacking in energy and sometimes depressed

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