Health Report: Nov. 7, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- More girls in the U.S. are postponing motherhood. For the first time since 1986, the number of births to girls age 15 to 17 fell 2%, from 188,226 in 1991 to 187,549 in 1992. The number of abortions was also lower.

-- An experimental malaria vaccine being tested in a Tanzanian village reduced by 30% the number of children who developed the parasitic infection.

-- A cream that contains capsaicin, the same ingredient that gives red-hot chili peppers their fire, can also relieve the aches and pains of arthritis. A dab of Zostrix, researchers say, intercepts the...

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