Health Report: May 24, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

A study confirms folk wisdom that breast-fed babies have fewer ear infections than kids who drink from bottles. Breast milk is fortified with infection- fighting antibodies.

A simple test for fecal blood can point to colorectal cancer long before other symptoms show up. The resulting early treatment reduces overall mortality from the second commonest form of cancer by one-third.

The mind-body connection, much loved by New Agers, has won a bit more credibility: doctors have demonstrated that a nervous-system chemical can affect immune-system cells and thus, presumably, the body's response to disease. The brain is part of the...

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