Health Report: Oct. 4, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Injections of vitamin K are the routine treatment for newborns who suffer from a disease that can lead to potentially fatal episodes of spontaneous internal bleeding. Although some research suggested that the treatment could increase the risk of childhood cancer, parents can now relax: a definitive new study says there's no such risk.

-- An experimental treatment for rheumatoid arthritis -- oral doses of & collagen extracted from chicken cartilage -- can reduce and even eliminate swelling and joint pain, with no major side effects. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks...

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