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March 2006 (Vol. 16 Issue 12)

MagazineMarch 2006 (Vol. 16 Issue 12)

This issue

FEATURE Selling drugs

These good-looking and well-upholstered girls have been recruited to sell drugs directly to doctors in the US

FEATURE Vioxx payouts

There, drug giant Merck is facing 6400 separate lawsuits from patients, or their surviving relatives, who claim that its COX-2 anti-inflammatory Vioxx (rofecoxib) has caused heart attack or stroke

FEATURE Trusting the process

In late December 2003, suffering from a fever of 103^0 F, their 37-year-old daughter Quintana headed off for the emergency room of Beth Israel North, a New York City hospital - just to be sure

FEATURE Alternatives to soy milk

Would you also proscribe the inclusion of soy milk in tea? - Laurie Charles Baillie, via e-mail

FEATURE Artificial tears

A 'Dry eye' is a catch-all term used to cover all disorders where the precorneal tear film of the eye is deficient

FEATURE Artificial tears

* vitamin A, the premier vitamin for eye health

FEATURE Preventing tooth decay naturally

In rats, atropine, propranolol and clonidine all affected saliva and increased the risk of tooth decay (J Dent Res, 1989; 68: 1739-45; Arch Oral Biol, 1993; 38: 853-61; Caries Res, 2000; 34: 194-200)

FEATURE Treating the common cold

Sugar and liquidsAvoid sugar - even 'natural' ones like honey or orange juice

FEATURE Pregnancy blues

According to two recent studies, women who take Paxil within the first three months of pregnancy are about one and a half to two times more likely to have a baby with a heart defect as women taking other antidepressants, or no antidepressants at all

FEATURE Cox-2 inhibitors

This cartilage builder relieves pain better than NSAIDs like ibuprofen in the long-term (eight weeks) (Curr Med Res Opin, 1982; 8: 145-9)

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