Health Report: Apr. 13, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

ONE MORE DRINK Consuming plenty of liquids, especially coffee, tea and, in moderation, wine, may prevent kidney stones in women.

REDUX REDUX Taking the diet drug for several months does not cause heart-valve problems, at least according to a study by its manufacturer. The finding contradicts earlier reports of heart-valve troubles in Redux users, some of whom took the pill for longer periods of time.

NOT JUST FOR BABIES Ultrasound, most commonly used to monitor a growing fetus, is as effective as the routine MRI in detecting blood-vessel blockages after a heart attack.

Sources: Annals of Internal Medicine;...

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