Health Report: Feb. 21, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Peptic ulcers can be cured, not just treated, with antibiotics, reports the National Institutes of Health. A special panel has concluded that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes ulcers and can be wiped out by a combination of drugs such as tetracycline, metronidazole and amoxicillin.

-- Many elderly women fail to perform breast self-exams because of arthritis, failing eyesight or loss of feeling in the fingers. Now a researcher has developed an alternative self-exam: the woman lies down and uses the palm of her hand to sweep over the breast, a more comfortable technique than the usual one...

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