THE GOOD NEWS
-- One consequence of diabetes is a greater risk of kidney failure. A new study suggests that captopril, a drug used to lower high blood pressure, strengthens the kidneys, halving serious kidney problems for diabetics.
-- Women who take estrogen to control symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of osteoporosis may be reaping an unexpected bonus: estrogen seems to lessen the risk of Alzheimer's or to decrease its severity in those who do get it.
-- Balloon angioplasty -- inflating a tiny balloon to widen a clogged artery -- is much less expensive and dangerous than a...