Your Health: Jun. 28, 1999

GOOD NEWS

MOMMY TRACK New moms seem to be enjoying a bit more time in the hospital for recovery after giving birth. A government report--the first since the public outcry over "drive-by deliveries"--finds that the average hospital stay for a vaginal delivery has inched up about half a day, from 1.7 days in 1995 to 2.1 today. That's still something of a bum's rush compared with 1980, when the average time in the hospital was 3.2 days.

GOT RHYTHM? Defibrillators have been used to shock erratic heartbeats back to normal in thousands of patients with atrial fibrillation. But about 20% of...

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