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The Nation

A drug that shortens the course of herpes infections and apparently lengthens the time between eruptions of herpes-related sores may be a breakthrough in treatment of the incurable disorder, a doctor reported. Details of two studies, appearing in the British journal Lancet, show that when intervir-A--not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration--was applied to herpes sores, the eruptions quickly disappeared, and incidents of recurrent outbreaks were greatly reduced.


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