Health Report: Apr. 6, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

ORAL FIX The drug troglitazone (a one-a-day pill) helps Type 2 diabetics control their blood-sugar level. On average, patients taking troglitazone can cut their insulin dose by a third; many can give up the shots altogether.

COMEBACK KIDS Microdot, a technique for reversing vasectomies, can improve a man's chances of fertility. In reattaching the 0.01-in. duct that carries sperm, doctors use a microscope and tiny marking pen to plan sutures more precisely.

WHAT BRAIN DRAIN? Turning current thinking on its head, scientists say new cells can be generated in animal brains. The finding may lead to treatments for...

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