Health Report: Mar. 2, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

BONE UP The drug Fosamax, already shown to restore bone loss in elderly women, can also prevent loss in those just beginning menopause. Researchers say it's nearly as effective as estrogen-replacement therapy.

SALUBRIOUS SAWDUST Food and supplements containing psyllium, a soluble fiber made of psyllium-seed husks, can lower total cholesterol as well as LDL (bad) cholesterol--so much so that the FDA will allow labels to say it.

BABY AIDS For developing countries where AIDS is rampant but funds scarce: a short, cheap course of AZT (one month, $80) can cut in half AIDS transmission from infected pregnant moms...

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