Your Health: Dec. 6, 1999

GOOD NEWS

TICK TEST Months before ticks are out full force, researchers have announced a new blood test that can detect Lyme disease as early as one week after a tick bite. That's a lot better than the current four to six weeks. The new test (not yet widely available, alas) detects antibodies to Lyme bacteria before they build up in the blood. That means patients can get on antibiotics sooner. Another benefit: the test can distinguish between past infections, which may not require medication, and new ones, which do.

GO NUTS Peanut butter as health food? Well, yeah. A study...

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