Health Report: Apr. 4, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Scientists have the best evidence yet that immunotherapy- using the body's immune system to fight disease -- is an effective way to treat certain cancers. After giving the genetically engineered drug Interleukin 2 in high doses to 283 patients with spreading kidney or skin cancer, researchers found that a significant number stayed in remission for periods from seven to 91 months.

% -- Nicotine, the drug that causes addiction in cigarette smokers, may improve the condition of people who suffer from ulcerative colitis. Half the patients in a new study saw their symptoms abate after receiving nicotine...

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