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December 2010 (Vol. 21 Issue 9)

MagazineDecember 2010 (Vol. 21 Issue 9)

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This issue

FEATURE Insomnia

Having persistent difficulty in falling or staying asleep is a common sleep disorder that often has no obvious cause

FEATURE The damaged brain: How drugs cause dementia

Dementia of all varieties, including Alzheimer's disease, is now epidemic, approaching an incidence similar to that of the major killers: for instance, seven million Americans aged over 65 are currently diagnosed with dementia compared with 10 million of all ages with cancer

FEATURE Chronic back pain

There is now a multitude of effective drug-free alternative treatments for this common, often disabling, condition

FEATURE Cancer's missing link: How bugs could be the real cause

According to the theory, it's not a bug that we catch when we have cancer; the disease is part of a process that begins when the body's own benign bacteria begin a deadly cycle of transformation, triggered by 'carcinogens' such as smoking, pollution and radiation

FEATURE Migraine misery: triggers and treatments

If you suffer from these severe chronic headaches, it's useful to know that there's a wide range of safe alternative treatments you can takeMore than just a headache, migraine is a chronic condition that can have a huge impact on people's lives

FEATURE Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a puzzling, often progressive, condition that causes de-pigmentation (whiten-ing) of the skin in patches

FEATURE The Swiss ball circuit

Swiss balls are a familiar sight in many gyms now but, unless someone is doing crunches, it's a lonely piece of equipment

FEATURE Nutritional support for women over 50

Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

FEATURE Dangers underfoot

Although disparaged by US and UK science, scientists elsewhere are linking underground water sources with a high incidence of various sorts of illnesses-from cot death to cancer

FEATURE Bad crossing

Dowsers have long been aware of a series of grids of earth energy, often referred to as 'tellurian currents', running in parallel lines over the surface of the earth

FEATURE Group therapy

Their groundbreaking research shows that the most important predictor of health-even more than diet and exercise-is the number of groups to which you belong, particularly if you have strong relationships within them

FEATURE Postnatal depression: a bad case of the blues

New evidence now suggests that a simple supplement could be the key to preventing postnatal depression (PND), a devastating condition that affects 10 to 15 per cent of women after having a baby

FEATURE Medicine and the elderly: Age shall not weary them-but drugs might

The over-65s take one-third of all pharmaceuticals that are prescribed by doctors every year, despite the fact that they represent just 13 per cent of the total population

FEATURE Natural alternatives to the Pill

The contraceptive pill is said to be the most commonly used drug of all

FEATURE Muscle cramps

Sudden spontaneous, painful, involuntary muscle contrac-tions of variable duration in almost any part of the body affect 95 per cent of people at one time or another, and will often recur within hours or days (Electro-encephalogr Clin Neurophysiol, 1957; 9: 139-47)

FEATURE First, do harm...

It has become the stuff of urban myth: when doctors go on strike, the death rate falls

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