Health Report: May 4, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

ANOTHER BOON FOR THE BREAST Just weeks after tamoxifen was shown to prevent breast cancer, early reports raise hope that another drug, raloxifene, may do the same--without increasing the risk of uterine cancer.

SOME NERVE! Preliminary research indicates special eyedrops containing nerve-growth factors may be able to heal severe corneal ulcers within weeks. Untreated, the ulcers, often caused by chemical burns or herpes, may lead to blindness.

THE SKINNY New insight into scleroderma, a puzzling and life-threatening skin disease: a study suggests fetal cells that linger in the mother after she gives birth may somehow trigger the disease.

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