Your Health: Mar. 26, 2001

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AIDS EQUATION While pressure mounts to reduce the sky-high cost of HIV drugs in developing countries, a report reminds Americans that treatment in the U.S. is still cost effective. "The price of three-drug combination therapy," says Dr. Kenneth Freedberg, "is an extremely good value compared with other ways we spend money in all areas of medicine." Even at $15,000 a year, the cost of treatment is more than balanced by the dramatic benefits for those living with HIV.

HOLD THE PILLS! Up to 75% of antibiotics prescribed each year are for upper-respiratory infections. Yet most of these are...

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