Health Report: May 25, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

ESTROGEN ALTERNATIVE Raloxifene, which prevents osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, may also reduce risk factors for heart disease--like high cholesterol levels. It's not as effective as estrogen, but unlike the hormone, it's not linked to breast cancer.

SNUFFING OUT FLU An experimental vaccine that reduces kids' odds of getting the flu also lowers the risk of complications like ear infections. Fewer tears too: it's not a shot, it's a nose spray.

GERM WARFARE Scientists studying the Epstein-Barr virus in immunosuppressed patients may have figured out how viruses are linked to tumors. Cancer therapies targeting viruses could result.

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