Health Report: Sep. 13, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Researchers have developed the prototype for what could be the first simple test for Alzheimer's disease. Evidently, some of the same chemical changes that occur in the diseased brain cells of Alzheimer's patients also take place in their skin. This means that it may someday be possible to diagnose the affliction with a skin test rather than a much more invasive brain biopsy.

-- Antibiotics may be able to cure at least one form of stomach cancer. British doctors report that the presence of a germ called Helicobacter pylori is necessary for the growth of certain relatively...

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