Your Health: Mar. 8, 1999


GO HMO Though health-maintenance organizations have been bashed for years, a study out last week finds they do a pretty good job of diagnosing and treating breast cancer in the elderly. On average, HMOs are more likely than traditional fee-for-service practices to detect the disease early. And they are just as likely as traditional centers to do a breast-conserving lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy.

PREGNANT PAUSE Want another child? There may be an optimal time to try. Researchers reported last week that women are most likely to produce a healthy, full-term infant if they conceive 18 to 23 months...

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