Health Report: Dec. 27, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Lean means long-lived. A 27-year study of 19,297 Harvard graduates revealed that men who weighed 20% less than average for their height and age had the lowest rate of death among the weight classifications surveyed. By contrast, for those men 20% heavier than average, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 2.5 times that of men closer to their desirable weight.

-- Women who have their Fallopian tubes tied to prevent pregnancy lower by 67% their risk of contracting ovarian cancer. The new finding raises hopes that tubal sterilization can reduce mortality from ovarian cancer, which...

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