Health Report: Mar. 9, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

PROSTATE PILL New word on the prostate drug Proscar: besides relieving symptoms of a benign enlarged prostate, it can prevent future complications (like serious urinary-flow problems) or the need for surgery.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT Pregnant women probably needn't fret about antidepressants. Patients taking the newer kinds, like Paxil and Zoloft, don't seem to have any more miscarriages or babies with birth defects than those on a placebo.

GROW YOUR OWN Doctors have grown new coronary blood vessels by injecting the heart with a bioengineered protein. Significance? One day the technique may be used to skirt blocked arteries.

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