Health Report: Feb. 2, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

YOU RANG? Tinnitus, the high-pitched ringing in the ears that affects millions, may be in your head. Literally. Scientists have located a part of the brain where spontaneous nerve activity causes the noise of tinnitus.

FISSURE FIX Relief is reported for the painful skin tears known as anal fissures. Injecting the area with a tiny amount of botulinum toxin--yes, the stuff that causes botulism--seems to allow the sphincter to relax. That creates more blood flow--and helps the fissure heal.

COUGH NO MORE? Ozone--and with it, smog--has gone down significantly since 1980 in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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