Health Report: Mar. 28, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Victims of sickle-cell anemia, who often suffer bouts of pain, can be helped by steroid injections, a new report shows. The length of the episodes, which result when misshapen red blood cells get stuck in blood vessels, can be cut in half, down to about 41 hours.

-- Three months after researchers identified a gene thought to cause half the 15,000 yearly cases of inherited colon cancer, two studies have announced discovery of three genes that may account for most of the rest.

-- Scientists have a new explanation for red wine's apparent protective effect against heart...

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