Your Health: Nov. 1, 1999

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AID FOR HEPATITIS Here's a benefit from AIDS research that has little to do with the disease itself. A study finds that lamivudine, one of the three drugs in today's AIDS cocktails, is effective against hepatitis B. Both HIV and the hepatitis virus rely on similar enzymes to replicate, and lamivudine inhibits those enzymes. Taken once a day for a year, it restored normal blood counts and kept liver damage in check in about half the patients studied.

PROSTATE PROMISE The study is tiny--only 11 men participated--but the results are tantalizing. Using an experimental genetically engineered vaccine, doctors...

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