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Highlights from this issue
  1. Nicholas Hart,
  2. Gisli Jenkins,
  3. Alan Smyth

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A change is in the air … waves

Ian Pavord and Andy Bush brought you an “Airwaves” column which was by turns incisive, raucous and scurrilous. The Hart, Jenkins and Smyth version will start with a more sober and scientific tone but I expect we will soon warm up and in a few months the libellous invective of our predecessors will be restored. Here is our pick of highlights from the October issue.

Vitamin D – not a panacea?

Champions of Vitamin D therapy have suggested it may prevent, cancer, fractures, relapses of multiple sclerosis and death in the elderly. A dozen Cochrane reviews have been published evaluating the proposed benefits of this panacea, with mainly negative results. In this issue of Thorax, Adrian Martineau and colleagues describe a cluster randomised trial of two monthly bolus doses of vitamin D to prevent respiratory infection in elderly people, living in sheltered housing (see page 953). Older readers – don't rush to the chemist to buy your 2.4 mg doses of vitamin D3. The authors found …

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