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December 2011 (Vol. 22 Issue 9)

MagazineDecember 2011 (Vol. 22 Issue 9)

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FEATURE Chemo: no hero

Chemotherapy may not be the cancer killer it's cracked up to be, as most of the cancer cells it targets are on the verge of dying anyway, the latest research suggests

FEATURE Alternatives for asthma

According to a major pooled analysis by the US Food and Drug Adminis-tration (FDA) published last month, the use of long-acting beta-agonists, or LABAs, is associated with a significantly increased incidence of serious asthma-related adverse events, including hospitalizations and death (Pediatrics, 2011; 128: e1147-54)

FEATURE Why you need to take supplements

Most adults in the West regularly take a vitamin supplement, such as a multivitamin-but doctors believe they are not only wasting their money, but also endangering their health, and even shortening their lives

FEATURE The bipolar epidemic

Twenty years ago, bipolar disorder-the mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings-was rare or virtually non-existent in children

FEATURE Heart-breaking solutions

One of the first symptoms of a pet's failing heart is a tendency to retain fluid

FEATURE 5-HTP: Nature's happy pill?

5-Hydroxytryptophan, better known as 5-HTP, is a natural supplement that claims to control appetite, improve insomnia, relieve headaches, and boost and balance mood

FEATURE Hydrotherapy: water for health

British doctor John Floyer (1649-1734), who wrote The History of Hot and Cold Bathing in 1697, advocated cold-water treatments to boost immune function

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