Your Health: Jun. 12, 2000

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INTESTINAL RELIEF Crohn's disease packs quite a wallop. The chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract can cause abdominal cramping, fatigue and diarrhea so severe that some patients can't leave home. And just when sufferers think it's gone, the disease returns. Now two studies offer new hope. One finds that the cancer drug methotrexate may prevent a relapse in those in remission. The other suggests that growth hormones combined with a high-protein diet can significantly ease symptoms, with only minor side effects.

HEARTTHROB Viagra may be O.K. even if you have heart disease but are otherwise in good shape. Yes,...

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