Your Health: Nov. 30, 1998

Good News on Dental Visits

Before visiting the dentist, millions of Americans with heart-valve abnormalities take antibiotics to prevent a serious heart infection. That may be unnecessary. Research shows that the disease is extremely rare, striking only 2 out of a million, and that it occurs at the same rate among those who've had dental work and those who haven't.

Bad News on Smoking

Are college kids going up in smoke? An alarming report shows that smoking on campuses has shot up 28% since 1993. The habit is more widespread among whites than blacks or Asians and more prevalent at less...

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