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...