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November 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 8)

MagazineNovember 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 8)

This issue

FEATURE The chinese evidence at a glance

In the Chinese study of 907 children from four areas in Guizhou Province, the degree of exposure to fluoride was clearly linked to IQ test scores:

FEATURE The heart-breaking truth

Despite being the most widely researched procedures in surgical history, coronary arterial-bypass grafting (CABG) and balloon angioplasty (PTCA) do not increase a stable angina patient's chance of survival any more than realistic lifestyle modification and appropriate medication to control symptoms

FEATURE Driven mad by the new mental health bill; but don't be guilty of scare

I wish to express in a very loud voice my strong opposition to this new Mental Health Bill to replace the Mental Health Act of 1983

FEATURE Drug interactions with foods

Four years ago, the report of a review of all major studies of the incidence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in hospitalised patients (JAMA, 1998, 279: 1200-5) made for sober reading

FEATURE A ruined life, thanks to mental services

For the past 14 years, my adult daughter, who had been a useful and respected member of society in full-time employment, has been subjected to misdiagnoses, inappropriately prescribed drugs, sexual harassment, bullying from both staff and other patients, and theft of clothing and money - all of this on offer as part of inpatient 'treatment' under the mental health service

FEATURE Latest analysis reaffirms the danger of hrt

A new British review has concluded that a woman taking HRT is more likely to contract a life-threatening disease than be protected against one

FEATURE Selenium disappearing from depleted soils

Dr John Millward of Bournemouth (WDDTY vol 13 no 6) tells us of the importance of selenium, the lack of which is sometimes misdiagnosed

FEATURE B vitamins reduce cardiac events after angioplasty

Just six months of homocysteine-lowering therapy with vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid can substantially reduce the risk of cardiac events, say Swiss researchers

FEATURE Kicking dirt at small children

If the European Union is the school bully when it comes to terrorising alternative medicine, the British Medicines Control Agency is his scrawny sidekick

FEATURE Fetal origin of adult high blood pressure disputed

The theory that adult health is determined to a significant degree by conditions in the womb before birth has recently been challenged

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