•Pregnancy: As American women continue to have children later in life, the need for prenatal testing has grown. Fortunately, alternatives to invasive procedures such as amniocentesis have recently come into play.
– The New York Times
•AIDS: More than 60 percent of Americans fear their children will contract AIDS, an Associated Press poll found. But overall, fewer people see the disease as a serious threat, even though it may be making a comeback in the United States. – The Associated Press
•Toothbrushes: Those innocent scrubbers of teeth can harbor some pretty yucky germs. It’s best to replace them every two weeks, some dentists say. – The New York Times
•Soft drinks: Sodas launch a direct chemical attack on teeth leading to erosion of dental enamel. But as bad as colas are, some non-cola sodas were even worse, a study has found. The nastiest offenders were Mountain Dew, Arizona iced tea, Sprite and Canada Dry ginger ale. The safest beverages other than water were root beer, brewed tea and coffee. – The Baltimore Sun
•Acetaminophen: Some women should avoid long-term, habitual use of the painkiller, because it can cause a decline in kidney function, a study has found. The drug is still considered safe for most people to use. – Reuters