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HEALTH UPDATE: EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE

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Elderly people who exercise feel much better, have fewer illnesses and fewer hospitalizations.

So says a research team at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., which inaugurated a daily walking program at nursing homes for 40 people aged 80 to 106."At first I wasn't too optimistic because these people were so old," said Priscilla MacRae, a professor of sports medicine at Pepperdine. "But I found these people can recapture some of their lost abilities, or retain what they have. It leads to a much better quality of life for them."

Experimental treatment for non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphomas

An experimental therapy is successfully treating some victims of the cancer that killed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Using a substance called Lym-1, physicians at three medical centers have eradicated non-Hodgkin's B-cell lymphomas in 20 percent of patients who have the illness and partially eliminated it in another 40 percent.

The treatment uses doses of monoclonal antibodies - body cells that kill foreign invaders - and radioactive materials.

The Lym-1 treatment is being studied at the Oklahoma City health facility, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Davis.

- Don Kirkman, Scripps Howard News Service

Dogs, cats suffer from hay fever, too

People aren't the only ones who suffer from hay fever and other springtime allergies. Dogs can be tormented by allergies, too.

It is estimated that allergies afflict at least 15 percent of America's 55 million dogs. But instead of sneezes and runny noses, canine allergies manifest themselves as skin irritations, according to Center Laboratories, makers of an allergy test.

Pet owners should look for these telltale signs:

- Dog rubs against carpet and furniture, scratching itself frequently and licking skin itches.

- Dog has itchy ears, feet and skin, and acts irritably. Untreated allergies can lead to hair loss and extensive skin damage.

- It is important to see a veterinarian as soon as you suspect your dog has allergies. - Associated Press