Edema

Toxic irrigation

Q After root canal work, the dentist cleaned it out with hydrogen peroxide, then sodium hypochlorite and saline. But is sodium hypochlorite safe? I asked him not to use it on me again. - BJ, India

Bextra

Once upon a time there were arthritis drugs known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but they caused gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers.

Brain damage

While on holiday in an inaccessible part of the African coast a year ago, my 18-year-old grandson contracted septicaemic meningitis, which he survived thanks in very large measure to the heroic efforts by my eldest son.

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