A hundred years ago
25 Jan 2016
Conditions more calculated to shatter the strongest “nerves” it would be hard to imagine. Days and nights spent in wet, insanitary trenches, clothes swarming with vermin, food never very appetizing and often insufficient in amount, death or mutilation always imminent, comrades falling and fallen around, the groans of the wounded mingled with the ear-splitting din of bursting shells, to say nothing of the unspeakable horrors of the bayonet – all this, one would think, would more than suffice to upset the equilibrium of the most stable nervous system.
22 Dec 2015
The responsibility of errors of refraction in causing headache is now an article of medical belief. But some of the many other manifestations of eye-strain are less widely known, such as the attacks of sickness of children, vertigo and certain migraines; the prescription of correcting lenses then may lead to rapid amelioration or complete relief from the trouble.
Number of heavy smokers fall after smoking ban
29 Mar 2009
There was a significant drop in those smoking 20 cigarettes a day or more following the ban on smoking in public places in England, a survey has found. However, there was no change in the overall number who smoked. The authors carried out a postal survey of 3,500 people in Bury, Lancashire before, and three months after, the smoking ban came into force in 2007. Participants were randomly selected using the PCT database. 'Although primarily designed to reduce the health risks associated with second-hand smoke, it was also hoped that the 2007 legislation might motivate smokers to give up. It may disappoint GPs that the smoking ban did not bring about a significant reduction in the prevalence of smoking. However, it is encouraging that the number of heavy smokers fell.'