Health Report: Mar. 7, 1994

THE GOOD NEWS

-- One in four children born to women who harbor the AIDS virus becomes infected while still in the womb. However, a federally funded study has shown ; that mothers who take AZT after their 14th week of pregnancy reduce to 8% the risk of transmitting the virus to their babies.

-- A blood-pressure drug may do double duty as a male contraceptive. Researchers at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, New York, have discovered that nifedipine also disables the membrane of the sperm, preventing it from binding to an egg and fertilizing it. The effect is...

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