Your Health: Dec. 13, 1999

GOOD NEWS

HEAD FIRST Reassurance for moms-to-be: about a year after concerns were raised about a link between vacuum-assisted deliveries and injury to a baby's brain, a new study has deemed the procedure relatively safe--i.e., at least as safe as other emergency interventions. After poring over the records of 500,000 births, researchers conclude that vacuum deliveries--using a suction cup-like device that coaxes the baby out--are associated with bleeding into a baby's brain in just 0.1% of cases, about the same rate as caesarean and forceps deliveries.

BONING UP More than 3 million Americans take so-called statin drugs to drive down their...

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