Health Report: Jul. 25, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- AIDS patients undergoing therapy with the drug AZT who were also given the antiviral agent acyclovir had a survival rate 44% higher than those who took just AZT, according to a new study.

-- Spinal problems such as "slipped" disks do not necessarily cause pain or require surgery, according to new research. The finding suggests that some doctors who detect mild abnormalities may be too quick to perform back operations.

-- New federal guidelines recommend less aggressive early treatment for children with inner-ear fluid buildup, as the condition often clears up without any treatment.

THE BAD NEWS

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