Until doctors and patients learn to speak the same language, patients need all the help they can get to understand their treatment options. Why not use graphics to help clear away the confusion?
Carrageen, an ingredient common in toothpaste, ice cream, shampoo and champagne, is the key component in Carraguard, an experimental vaginal gel that contains microbicides that paralyze sperm and attack HIV and other viruses. The substance is in the final testing phase and could be avaiable in a year.
As Americans' waistlines spread and obesity reaches epidemic proportions, a growing number of researchers are looking at the possible link between a woman's nutrition during pregnancy and a baby's risk of becoming overweight.
Beth Wallace was stopped at a traffic light when a truck pulled up next to her. As she took a sip from her thermos of coffee, Wallace, 32, a San Francisco resident, glanced at the driver, who turned his head and returned the stare.