Health Report: Jun. 6, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- The battle against tuberculosis may be paying off. After rising steadily every year since 1985, the number of new TB cases in the U.S. dropped 5% last year.

-- An experimental surfactant. foam that unclogs the lungs of premature babies not only reduces deaths nearly 30%, according to a new study, but would also save the U.S. $90 million a year in treatment costs if it were widely used.

-- Placebos -- so-called sugar pills -- can be even more effective than scientists realized. A survey shows that 70% of patients feel better after taking ersatz medicines...

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