Your Health: Aug. 6, 2001

GOOD NEWS

MEDICAL MISTAKES Previous estimates that blamed hospital errors for up to 98,000 unnecessary deaths a year may have been wildly overstated. A new review of hospital deaths suggests that no more than 15,000 patients would have lived, had optimal care been provided.

SKIN SAVER An experimental drug called alefacept seems to clear up many of the stubborn red patches and scaly-skin problems that plague psoriasis sufferers. Unlike standard treatment, which depresses the entire immune system, alefacept is designed to target only the renegade cells believed responsible for the disease.

BAD NEWS

PASSIVE PUNISHMENT Just 30 minutes of secondhand...

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