Health Report: Jan. 3, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS --Fewer youngsters worldwide are dying of childhood diseases now than at any other time in history. About 80% of children today are vaccinated against such deadly illnesses as measles and polio, compared with 20% in the early 1980s. According to the U.N., measles killed 1.1 million children in 1993, down from 2.5 million a year just a decade ago. Polio crippled 140,000 children last year, down from 500,000 in 1980. --A simple medical device that looks like a plunger may be more effective than the traditional hand-pressing technique used in cpr to save heart-attack victims. The small suction...

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