Your Health: Jan. 15, 2001

GOOD NEWS

ABORTION OPTION Last year when the FDA approved RU-486, it said the abortion pill should be taken with a second drug, misoprostol, to help expel the fetus. That didn't stop misoprostol's controversy-shy manufacturer, Searle, from warning doctors that the drug could harm pregnant women. Well, it doesn't seem to, according to a review of 200 studies that found misoprostol safe for a number of obstetrical uses, including labor induction and medical abortion.

BAD NEWS

DIET BACKLASH With holiday gorging finally over, you'd think Americans would focus on improving their eating habits. Don't bet on it. A study finds that...

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