Your Health: Feb. 22, 1999

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DIET DOES IT Doctors have known that eating lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and slightly higher-than-average amounts of protein can lower blood pressure. Last week they reported that the regimen works especially well for blacks. It lowers their blood pressure an average of 13 points--about as much as medication does. Among whites, readings drop 6 points. The diet works even for patients who do not cut back on salt.

ON YOUR FEET You needn't hang around in bed to treat sciatica, said Dutch doctors last Thursday. They found that after two weeks, leg and lower-back pain...

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