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Health: February 9, 2000 February 9, 2000

Is this as good as it gets?
Beyond the pill
Researchers predict no more huge changes in birth control methods over the short term. Cost of research, changing attitudes and physiological complexities are limiting innovations and choices.

[Times photo: Cherie Diez]

Germs join ranks of the frequent-flier
Communicable diseases used to be stay-at-homes, but increased airplane travel has given them a ticket to ride around the world. In addition, illnesses we thought had been eradicated are making surprise visits with immigrants from less medically advanced countries.

Should healthcare wear a warning label?
When a recent report singled out medical mistakes as a leading cause of death and injury in this country, the moment for serious soul-searching arrived for the health care industry.

People in pain may be drawn to magnets
No large studies have been done to verify results, but some pain sufferers seem to be having success with magnet therapy.

As a nation we seem headed for the couch
Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? We are a nation for whom psychotherapy and self-help has become part and parcel of answering just those questions.

What's eating you? Food affecting your mood?
Feeling down? Tired? Edgy? What you're eating and when you're eating it may be factors. Here are some tips to help get your emotions and energy level back on track.
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Be daring with breakfast: Just eat it
When it comes to breakfast, there are very few "bad foods," only some that are more healthful. Balancing nutritional values can make a nontraditional breakfast more nourishing, less harmful than the long-touted bacon and eggs.

We're just not getting enough sleep
Depriving ourselves of needed shut-eye always catches up with us -- and sometimes with ill effects. One sleep expert even recommends a nap for young and old.

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