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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Today's Globe: vitamins, HPV, bird-flu, polio, Crohn's disease

Antioxidant vitamins, including A, E, and C, don't help you live longer, according to an analysis of dozens of studies of these popular supplements.

It's better than nothing, federal health advisers said yesterday, in urging approval of the first bird flu vaccine as a stopgap against a potential pandemic until more effective vaccines can be developed.

More than one-third of American women are infected with the human papillomavirus, which in rare cases can lead to cervical cancer, by the time they are 24 years old, according to a study being published today.

The final push toward global eradication of polio has been full of pitfalls, but those fighting the disease expect to finalize a plan today that they believe should wipe out the virus.

Abbott Laboratories won US approval to market the arthritis drug Humira to treat adults who have the bowel disorder Crohn's disease, the first nonarthritis use for the drug.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:25 AM
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