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BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7459.E313 (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:E313

Childhood vaccination has been blamed for a long list of disorders. One example is type 1 diabetes mellitus, which has become more common in developed countries which have also been urged to adopt an ever growing number of vaccines for use in children. Now the New England Journal of Medicine (2004;350: 1398-1404) has published the results of a vast study of 681 Danish children with 4,720,517 person years of follow up and found no link between diabetes and childhood vaccination.

Restless legs may be successfully calmed with pergolide, a drug more commonly used in higher doses to treat Parkinson's disease. Although nausea and headaches were more often reported in the pergolide group, the benefits of just six weeks' treatment were long lasting in a double blind, placebo controlled randomized trial (Neurology 2004;62: 1391-1397).

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death related to cancer in the US. Only 10% of patients with this type of cancer are diagnosed before age 55 (American Journal of Surgery 2004;187: 343-348), and colorectal cancer in young patients seems to be more aggressive and to have poor pathology findings. Yet young patients diagnosed early (Dukes's stage …

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