Health Report: Jun. 27, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Contrary to recent anecdotal evidence, women with silicone or saline breast implants do not have a greater risk of developing connective-tissue diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, a new study shows.

-- Breakthroughs offer hope for more effective treatment for two illnesses. A genetic test can now identify those at high risk for cancer of the esophagus, and researchers have isolated the gene that causes a potentially fatal disorder known as polycystic kidney disease.

-- Women who have breast-cancer surgery during the second half of their menstrual cycle are less likely to have a relapse than those...

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