Your Health: Apr. 26, 1999

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BOTTOMS UP Here's a reason to belly up to the bar. A German study shows that moderate amounts of alcohol (one or two drinks daily) can kill off H. pylori, bacteria that scientists think cause stomach ulcers. Wine seems to do the job best; those who drank it reduced their odds of an H. pylori infection 42%. For beer drinkers, the risk was reduced 25%.

THE WRITING CURE Sounds like fiction, but researchers say writing about stressful experiences can improve symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis and asthma patients. And though patients wrote only 20 minutes a day over three...

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