Your Health: Dec. 10, 2001

GOOD NEWS

SPRAY IT AWAY Do you get hay fever? Join the club. Some 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies--and usually end up dosing themselves with antihistamines. But there may be a better way. In a head-to-head study, nasal sprays containing steroids were more effective than prescription antihistamines in controlling sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. They cost less too. Caution: steroids may have side effects, such as dry nose, nasal bleeding and, with long-term use, thinning bones.

BAD NEWS

MONTHLY ACCOUNTING Menstrual irregularities may be more than just a nuisance. Researchers say that women whose cycles are irregular...