Your Health: Jan. 24, 2000

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KID CALMER A quick spritz with a nasal spray may help youngsters get through difficult medical procedures a lot more easily. That's the conclusion of a Swedish study that assessed the soothing effects of a spray containing the antianxiety drug midazolam on kids receiving intravenous cancer medication. All the children who got the spray reported they were better able to tolerate their cancer treatment. Researchers think the spritz may also help youngsters facing routine procedures like vaccinations.

SICKLE SCREEN Some infants with sickle-cell anemia will go on to develop serious, life-threatening problems. But which ones? Now researchers think they...

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