Your Health: Jan. 11, 1999

Good News on Hormones

This is sweet: the FDA has okayed an all-natural progesterone derived from Mexican yams for use, along with estrogen, in hormone-replacement therapy. Called Prometrium, it's identical to progesterone in a woman's body. As a side benefit, it raises good cholesterol more effectively than today's synthetic progesterones.

Bad News on Smoking

Warning: cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your...marriage? Well, yes. New research finds smokers are 53% more likely to divorce than nonsmokers. Granted the filthy habit is a turnoff, but the real reason behind the breakups may be that smokers are more likely to suffer from problems...

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