Health Report: Nov. 22, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- One consequence of diabetes is a greater risk of kidney failure. A new study suggests that captopril, a drug used to lower high blood pressure, strengthens the kidneys, halving serious kidney problems for diabetics.

-- Women who take estrogen to control symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis may be reaping an unexpected bonus: estrogen seems to lessen the risk of Alzheimer's or to decrease its severity in those who do get it.

-- Balloon angioplasty -- inflating a tiny balloon to widen a clogged artery -- is much less expensive and dangerous than a...

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