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August 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 5)

MagazineAugust 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 5)

This issue

FEATURE Giving new meaning to nhs cuts

Fifteen years ago, I ripped one of my thigh muscles

FEATURE A new smear test

Perhaps it's because we've now reached a reasonable size, or maybe it's because we seem to have more influence these days

FEATURE Self-hypnosis may be better than prozac

To the outraged parent of the boy prescribed Prozac for his exam nerves (WDDTY vol 13 no 2): I regularly listen to hypnosis tapes produced by Glenn Harrold, a clinical hypnotherapist

FEATURE I'm not fat, i'm an nsred sufferer

It's a common observation by Europeans when they visit the USA - why are so many Americans fat? New research has discovered that they're not fat at all - they're victims of a condition known as NSRED

FEATURE Acne and the pill

Q My teenage daughter (age 17) has acne and decided to go on the Pill

FEATURE Marrow transplants don't work for breast cancer

Few stories in medicine are as sobering as the American experience with autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) for treating breast cancer

FEATURE Functional foods

One month, Bran Flakes was just an ordinary breakfast cereal

FEATURE Guinea pigs are we

Often, the short-term clinical trials, which also often involve only small numbers of 'healthy' patients don't uncover the worst side-effects, which then only emerge when a drug is taken by the public at large

FEATURE Just-in-case insulin doesn't prevent diabetes

Giving just-in-case insulin to prevent diabetes in high-risk individuals doesn't work

FEATURE The latest, the deadliest

New drugs seem to be getting more toxic

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