Your Health: Dec. 21, 1998

Good News for Diabetics

Blood simple! The FDA last week okayed Lasette, a portable laser device that enables diabetics to draw blood easily, with little or no pain. Many patients test their blood-glucose levels every day--in some cases 10 times--by pricking their skin with a razor-sharp steel lancet. By contrast Lasette sends a beam of light that vaporizes skin and creates a tiny hole so quickly--30 millionths of a second--it's barely felt. Cost: $2,000.

Bad News on Heroin

Heroin use is up among teens--up the nose. A study published this month concludes that 2% of 12th-graders have tried the drug, double...

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