THE GOOD NEWS
-- A five-year study by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute finds that early symptoms of lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis disappear when smokers kick the habit, no matter how many years they have smoked.
-- Cigarette smoking by adults has reached its lowest lowest level since 1942, says a government study.
-- Many women with early-stage breast cancers that have not yet metastasized can safely forgo mastectomies, according to new information released by the National Cancer Institute. Patients can rely instead on lumpectomies and radiation treatment to prevent recurrences.
THE BAD NEWS