Your Health: Jun. 7, 1999

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LOVING LATEX Condoms have come a long way since the Romans wore sheaths made from animal bladders. Today latex is king. Not only is it the most popular type of condom, but now a study finds that compared with newer polyurethane prophylactics, latex is one-tenth as likely to break during intercourse and one-third as likely to slip off.

OLDIE BUT GOODY Turns out that a 20-year-old beta-blocker called metoprolol is just as effective in treating congestive heart failure as the newer heart drug carvedilol, which costs about three times as much. Both drugs improve the heart's pumping ability and...

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