Health Report: Oct. 17, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- New research shows that transfusions from otherwise healthy people who are infected with HIV may slow the progress of AIDS in patients already suffering from the disease. Reason: antibodies that kill HIV are present in those infected with the virus but later become depleted if and when AIDS develops.

-- The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first commercial implantable blood pump to keep patients alive while they await heart transplants. Called the HeartMate implantable pneumatic left-ventricular assist system, the ashtray-sized device boosts the heart's main pumping chamber while the natural heart continues to perform other...

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