The good news is that breast milk has been proven to make your baby more intelligent. The bad news is the establishment's response: baby food manufacturers are working overtime to develop an "IQ factor" to overcome bottle feeding's natural limitations.
* Certain types of condoms and rubber gloves might not be protecting against infection with the HIV and other viruses.
Researchers from the Marposa Education and Research Foundation in California found evidence that some latex condoms and vinyl gloves can allow the passage of the HIV virus.
Polyurethane condoms were put through an assault course designed to simulate coitus. The conclusion: PU is the plastic of choice for safe sex.
* A Birmingham hospital studied the white coats of 100 doctors and found that more than a quarter carried staphylococcus aureus infection, particularly on the cuffs and pockets. The study recommended that doctors wash their hands between patients (!) and put on a plastic apron before examining wounds. Just so long as it isn't latex. . .
* And speaking of sexually transmitted diseases, a source of false readings of the human papillomavirus (HPV, or genital warts) could be imperfectly sterilized instruments, according to researchers at the University of Sydney.