Your Health: Jun. 1, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON PROSTATES

Does routine screening for prostate cancer save lives--or just lead to unnecessary biopsies? A major study out last week found that psa blood tests--which look for what's called prostate-specific antigens--do reduce the risk of early death 69%. And--thanks to a new blood test that's used when PSA levels are elevated--120,000 needless biopsies each year may be avoided too.

BAD NEWS FOR JET SKIERS

Riders of "personal watercraft" are far more likely to get hurt than conventional pleasure boaters, and a report issued last week helps explain why. Jet skiers, notably hourly renters, often get little instruction. They...

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