Health Report: Oct. 10, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- A new study confirms earlier evidence that moderate alcohol intake can protect against heart attacks. It seems that alcohol stimulates the production of an enzyme that breaks up clots, a prime factor in heart attacks.

-- A team of scientists has concluded that carotid endarterectomy, a controversial and expensive surgical procedure that removes fatty deposits from the main arteries to the brain, can cut the risk of stroke in men by more than half.

-- Four decades after polio vaccines were first developed, the disease has been vanquished in the western hemisphere. The last case was in...

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