Your Health: Dec. 31, 2001

GOOD NEWS

COLD WAR Are scientists closing in on a cure for the common cold? Researchers report that besides alleviating a runny nose and achy muscles, a drug called pleconaril cuts the duration of a cold by one day. Though that may not sound very dramatic, the way pleconaril works is. Other remedies merely fight symptoms; this drug attacks the cold virus itself, destroying its ability to reproduce. FDA approval is not expected until after this year's cold and flu season.

BAD NEWS

ASPIRIN ALERT Most folks who routinely take low-dose aspirin to prevent a second heart attack think nothing of...

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