Women who are trying to get pregnant might want to abstain from alcohol and should limit their caffeine consumption, according to a recent study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. The researchers have found that even small amounts of alcohol might impair conception and that caffeine could enhance the fertility-reducing properties of alcohol.
BALTIMORE - Odessa Dubose plans to earn a degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health without spending much time in Baltimore. She'll do most of the work from her computer in Miami. Peter Edwards plans to earn his degree in Milwaukee. Neither will have quit jobs, left families or lugged belongings across the country. But with any luck, they will learn biostatistics and epidemiology as if they had. Like just about everything else in American life, the correspondence course has entered the computer age.
Cardiac alert Elderly black Americans are four times more likely than whites to develop a type of heart disease known as cardiac amyloidosis. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at New York University School of Medicine and the New York Veterans Administration Medical Center discovered a mutant gene carried by almost 4 percent of the nation's 34 million blacks. The abnormal gene can cause cardiac disease as individuals age, with symptoms ranging from mild weakness to heart failure or sudden death.