Medicine: The Pill: A New Warning

The oral contraceptive pill is under indictment once more. This time it is accused of increasing the risk of heart attacks among women over 30, and especially among those over 40. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just sent a warning bulletin to 600,000 medical professionals, suggesting that they advise Pill-taking patients over 40 to switch to some other contraceptive.

It has been known since the late 1960s that for some women, the Pill enhances the dangers of blood clots forming in the legs (thrombophlebitis) and traveling to the lungs (pulmonary embolism),...

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