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April 2004 (Vol. 15 Issue 1)

MagazineApril 2004 (Vol. 15 Issue 1)

This issue

FEATURE Muscular dystrophy

Q I have a friend with muscular dystrophy

FEATURE Panic attacks

Also known as 'hyperventilation anxiety syndrome', panic attacks may be linked to psychiatric disorders like agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)

FEATURE Hypertension combos

* I had a stroke and was put on aspirin, simvastatin, Calcichew D and bendrofluazide

FEATURE One operation you may do better to bypass

Heart bypass - or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) - is a radical procedure that has become the most frequently performed of all surgical operations, with around 500,000 carried out every year in the US alone

FEATURE Ultrasound tests

Ultrasound scans can predict Down's syndrome

FEATURE The best alternative treatment for . . . me or chronic fatigue

What is ME?Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), although treated as a 21st-century mystery, or all in the sufferer's head, is a disorder of the nervous, immune and endocrine systems

FEATURE Hypertension combos

When a single drug doesn't sort out a health issue, doctors tend to throw two at the problem

FEATURE So you think you need . . . a natural hormone supplement

Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens can allieviate menopausal symptoms

FEATURE How diet can keep arteries healthy

The standard line tells you to stop smoking, reduce high blood pressure and lower your cholesterol levels if you want to avoid heart disease

FEATURE Persist with progesterone in spite of side-effects

Concerning your readers who had upsets with progesterone cream, I am sorry to hear about their experiences

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