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BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1406

Persistent doubts about the wisdom of babies lying on their backs (despite the reduction in cot deaths) has led to the rates of prone sleeping in the United States remaining higher than 10%. A prospective cohort study rather reassuringly found that babies who did not sleep prone did not have more symptoms or illness during the first six months of life (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2003;157: 469-74.

A 72 year old woman with bilateral knee osteoarthritis was admitted to hospital for a total knee replacement. Postoperatively we saw her on the ward with the outer leaf of a cabbage taped to her non-operated knee. She said that this was the only measure that provided relief from the symptoms of her osteoarthritis and that the outer cabbage leaves fitted well with the shape of her knee.

M R Utting, specialist registrar, V Currall, senior house officer, department of trauma and orthopaedics, Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB

Repairing varicoceles is often done to improve male infertility or unexplained infertility because the dilated veins are thought to result in poor sperm quality and quantity. But when data from seven …

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