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April 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)

MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)

Cover stories in the April 2009 issue:

This issue

FEATURE Urinary tract infections

Cystitis, or urinary tract infection (UTI), is more often seen in women of all ages than in men

FEATURE Stents : Do they save lives?

The treatment requires dangerous drugs to be effective, and there is no evidence proving that it actually saves lives

FEATURE Aids to weight loss

Officially, being 'overweight' means weighing more than 10 per cent over the 'norm' for your height, while 'obesity' refers to being more than 20 per cent over 'normal', as well as having a body-fat percentage greater than 30 per cent for women and 25 per cent for men

FEATURE Mobile phones: DNA damage discovered

Explosive new evidence from a number of quarters shows that cell-phone radiation causes permanent damage to the DNA in cells, even with infrequent use


Just how safe are permanent hair dyes? According to the latest reports, not very, even though the main allergen-PPD (paraphenylenediamine)-has been severely restricted in most of the popular brands

FEATURE Xolair: A lethal injection?

The drug's maker, Genentech, was told to update the product labellingby US drugs watchdog the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), following reports of anaphylaxis in patients taking Xolair

FEATURE Insomnia and Depression

What came first: depress-ion or insomnia? Clinicians hold to the textbook view that depression causes insomnia, but new research suggests the very opposite, that insomnia may be a primary cause of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders

FEATURE Stopping smoking

There are drugs available on prescription to help you give up smoking, but many come with side-effects

FEATURE Antipsychotics

Sensitive documents that suggest that drug-maker Eli Lilly has been suppress-ing vital safety information about its best-selling antipsychotic Zyprexa (olanzapine) have been leaked to US

FEATURE The raw food diet

The raw-food diet, a subset of the vegan/vegetarian diet, advocates that at least 75 per cent of the food we eat should be uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, dried fruit and seaweed

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