Health Report: Feb. 7, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- A Louisiana couple produced a healthy baby even though both parents carry the genetic defect that produces Tay-Sachs disease, which is always fatal. Thanks to new procedures that identify genetic defects in eggs fertilized outside the mother's body, doctors were able to examine fertilized eggs before they developed into embryos. They then transferred a healthy pre-embryo to the mother's uterus.

-- A new study suggests that men 65 and older who simply monitor prostate cancer live nearly as long as those who seek aggressive treatments such as surgery or radiation. Surgery carries with it the risk of...

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