Health Report: Nov. 29, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Researchers have identified a protein responsible for cell death in mammals. When the protein goes awry, it may be a factor in Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even forms of cancer. In separate studies, scientists have inhibited the protein's function, raising hopes for new treatments for these illnesses.

-- A newly developed vaccine promises to protect sick and premature infants against respiratory syncytial virus, which causes 4,500 deaths each year in the U.S.

-- Scientists are developing testing procedures that will allow doctors to screen unborn infants for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome by isolating fetal...

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