BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7094.1634 (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1634

Behavioural and relaxation techniques should be used more widely for patients with conditions such as chronic pain and insomnia. This is the conclusion of a National Institutes of Health technology assessment conference (copies from NIH Information Center, PO Box 2577, Kensington, MA 20891, USA; http://consensus.nih.gov/). The conference decided that the available data supported the effectiveness of these interventions but that they were not sufficient to conclude with confidence that one technique was better than another.

The World Health Assembly has set a goal of eradicating poliomyelitis by 2000, and a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (1997;46:321-5) says that good progress is being made. National immunisation days have proved an effective method: in Africa between January 1996 and March 1997 a total of 74 million children were given supplementary doses of polio vaccine–three quarters of all children under 5 years in the continent. The cost is only 50 US cents for each child.

Golf ball liver is described in the current issue of Gut (1997;40:687-8). A man aged 65 developed cholestatic jaundice, which he suggested might be due to his habit of licking his golf balls clean before putting. Notices at the club warned against this custom, explaining that the grass had been …

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