Medicine: Bad Stomachs

The American stomach, A.M.A.'s doctors agreed, is not in very good condition. Ulcers are on the increase, up some 4% since the beginning of the war. Stomach cancer, a closely related horror (many diagnosed "ulcers" turn out to be cancers), now kills 38,000 U.S. citizens a year —or one every 13.8 minutes. The doctors gloomily admitted that they have made small progress with either disease.

For Ulcers, there are two new palliatives: 1) a drug called asymatrine, developed by University of Georgia researchers, which generally stops intestinal spasms and pain; and 2) a synthetic, acid-neutralizing resin called Amberlite IR, which seems to...

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