Your Health: Oct. 12, 1998

GOOD NEWS ON LYMPH NODES

A new technique may reduce the number of lymph nodes surgeons need to remove to see if breast cancer has spread. Last week a report noted that by using a radioactive tracer, it's possible to pinpoint the few nodes most likely to harbor stray cancer cells --and biopsy just those instead of 20 or more. The advantages: less pain and lower risk of permanent arm swelling.

BAD NEWS FOR THE FETUS

You know pregnant women shouldn't smoke. But a study out last week warns they also should avoid breathing anyone else's smoke. For the first time,...

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