Health Report: Oct. 18, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Machinery designed to detect flaws in nuclear warheads will soon be turned to more benign use: finding early signs of breast cancer. Digital X-ray systems developed at Lawrence Livermore weapons lab should spot tiny tumors that the old film-based X-ray machines miss.

-- The number of measles cases in the U.S. plummeted from 27,786 in 1990 to just 2,237 last year. Apparently the epidemic that raged through the preschool population after President Reagan cut funds for immunization has finally run its course.

-- Researchers have devised a fast, cheap and accurate test for the genetic defect that...

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