Your Health: Apr. 24, 2000


AH, SWEET GINSENG Used for centuries to fight off ills from fatigue to infirmity, the fleshy roots of the ginseng plant may have a role in treating diabetes. A preliminary study suggests diabetics who take a 3-g capsule of American ginseng--the only kind tested--before eating may be able to curtail the tendency of blood-sugar levels to soar after a meal. But before you stock up, better wait for more definitive studies.

BEYOND VIAGRA Ready for an alternative to the little blue impotence pill? An advisory panel to the FDA--whose recommendations the agency usually follows--has, ahem, doled out support for...

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