Your Health: Sep. 28, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON VACCINATIONS

Ouchless injections? Last week Astra Pharmaceutical introduced a skin patch that numbs a kid's skin by delivering local anesthetic directly to the injection site. Called Emla and available by prescription only, it can be used on children as young as one month--and on needle-shy grownups. One downside: the patch must be applied at least an hour before visiting the doctor.

BAD NEWS ON HEALTH COSTS

Think health-care costs are soaring? They're not. At least not yet. Medical spending has been relatively stable for the past five years, a federal study concludes. But those days are over. The...

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