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December 2001 (Vol. 12 Issue 9)

MagazineDecember 2001 (Vol. 12 Issue 9)

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FEATURE Fighting winter lethargy

Sitting at home by the fire in the dead of winter is a comfortable pastime, but it may also be one reason why we get sicker at this time of year

FEATURE Are viruses getting worse?

Nobody can say with any certainty whether viruses are getting 'worse'

FEATURE Junk food may increase risk of eye disease

Decreasing intake of certain fats, rather than fats in general, may help lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a recent study

FEATURE Inhaled steroids lower bone mass in female asthmatics

The use of inhaled steroids for long-term treatment of asthma may lead to reduced bone density in premenopausal women

FEATURE Lead screening called for in problem children

Children with developmental and behavioural problems may have high blood concentrations of lead, according to a recent UK study

FEATURE Depression and drug deluge

Three and a half years ago, my husband Terry had a severe psychotic breakdown which led to his being treated as an inpatient in a private psychiatric hospital in the Midlands

FEATURE Gmc: rough justice and a kangaroo court

Doris Jones' article (WDDTY, vol 12 no 5) most succinctly put the position I and my patients found ourselves in as the result of the kangaroo-court methods of the General Medical Council (GMC); and now we learn that Dr Peter Mansfield has also had to face the special brand of rough justice handed out by the Internal Orders Committee (IOC) of the GMC

FEATURE Nutrients that aid immunity

For a properly functioning immune system, consider the following nutrients:

FEATURE The advancement of science, part 473

The drugs don't work, as one rock group moaned - so bring back the leeches and maggots

FEATURE Colds and flu: keeping well in the winter season

Most of the magic bullets to treat colds and flu - from antibiotics to zinc lozenges - are shots in the dark and not as effective as tried-and-tested traditional remedies

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