F.T.C. curbs ads
for new contraceptive
WASHINGTON (AP)-Makers of a device they must say that their
relatively new form of contraceptive products are not as effective.
will have to tighten up their advertising FTC officials said women generally
claims under a governmentcrack-down know how effective the other
announced yesterday. C contraceptives are because they have
The Federal Trade Commission said been on the market longer. This will
all three U.S% manufacturers of over- make the comparisons meaningful,
the-counter vaginal contraceptive they said.
suppositories signed consent orders Named in the cases were Morton-
specifying what can be claimed in Norwich Products, Inc., maker of
future ads. Encare; American Home .Products
The ads msut say that the products Corp., maker of Semicid, and Jordan-
are about as effective as vaginal foam Simmer, Inc., maker of S'Positive.
contraceptives. THE FTC HAD charged the three
IN ADDITION, if the companies with running ads that overrated the
compare their products to the effectiveness of the products in
contraceptive pill or intra-uterine preventing pregnancies.
"Our investigation revealed a
LOOKING FOR A GREAT SUMMER number of instances in which women
JOB WORKING WITH CHILDREN ... had become pregnant after using these
COME TO TIMBER RIDGE IN WEST products," said Tracy. Westen, deputy
VIRGINIA director of the FTC bureau of consumer
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Contraceptives in suppository form
-- were not marketed extensively in the
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campaigns began in earnest only in
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Carter to push SALT II?
WASHINGTON-President Carter plans to seek Senate ratification of
the SALT II treaty this year, despite the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and
the resulting anti-Russian sentiment in Congress, sources said yesterday.
The sources said Carter will push for ratification even if the Kremlin
decides to keep its soldiers in Afghanistan.
But the president will wait until the American hostages in Iran are freed
and will not begin a new push for the treaty unless he is able to overwhelm
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primaries,
the sources said.
Crib death may be genetic
BOSTON-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome-known as SIDS or, more
commonly, "crib death"-may be caused by inherited respiratory defects,
according to a report published yesterday in the New England Journal of
Infants who succumb to the mysterious ailment, which kills 10,000
children per year without symptoms or warnings, probably have parents
who suffer from faulty breathing control, the report said.
The researchers said earlier studies showed a relationship between crib
death and an adult disorder known as sleep apnea-the halt of airflow into
the lungs during sleep even though breathing effort continues.
Such apneic spells have been observed in both infants who die suddenly
and siblings who survive. The tendencies to both conditions tend to "cluster"
in families, the report said.
Congress: Cut inflation
by encouraging business
WASHINGTON-A congressional report issued yesterday claims infla-
tion would decline four percentage points over the decade if the Carter
adminsitration cut taxes and federal spending by $11 billion each.
The Joint Economic Committee's 249-page annual report challenges the
adminsitration's policy that a recession is the only way to slow the nation's
overheated economy. It is only the second time in more than 30 years that
the committee members unanimously subscribed to the yearly report
findings, which often serve as a springboard for congressional action.
The administration supports a tight money policy and reduced federal
spending to curb inflation, but has rejected prop5osals for a tax cut as too
Police question son of slain
People's Temple defectors
BERKELEY, Calif.-Investigators said yesterday they had conducted
tests on the son of two slain defectors from the People's Temple to see if he
had recently fired a gun. They also said suicide, robbery, and a crime of
passion had been ruled out in the case.
According to sources close to the investigation, officers were awaiting
the results of tests ordered Wednesday on Eddie Mills, 17, aimed at
determining whether he had recently used firearms or was under the
influence of drugs during the shootings Tuesday night of his parents, Al
Mills, 51, and Jeannie Mills, 40.
The Mills' daughter, Daphene, 15, who was shot twice in the head, was
declared "neurologically dead" at Alta Bates Hospital yesterday, and
hospital authorities- sought permission to-use one of vhr kidneys for a
transplant, the hospital announced.
The two former members were among the first sharp critics of the Rev.
Jim Jones' cult, which was swept away Nov. 18, 1978 in an orgy of more than
900 murders and suicides at Jamestown, Guyana. The couple was convinced
they were on a cult "hit list" prepared before the mass deaths.
Pinto gas tank unsafe,
defense witness admits
WINAMAC, Ind.-A defense witness in Ford Motor Co.'s reckless
homicide trial admitted yesterday he once told a group at an accident
seminar it is not safe to put gas tanks where the automaker put the tank on
its Pinto models.
Engineer John Habberstad, an expert in accident reconstructions, first
said he did not remember making such a statement. But after Prosecutor
Michael Cosentino produced four pages of notes Habberstam used in a 1971
speech to a seminar in Portland, Ore., Habberstam said he had changed his
mind and admitted making the speech.
Justice Dept. suits against
state institutions approved
WASHINGTON-The Senate yesterday approved legislation to give
the Justice Department authority to bring civil suits against mental
hospitals, prisons, and other state-run institutions. The legislation now goes
to a conference committee with the House, which last May overwhelmingly
approved a similar bill.
At present, the attorney general can intervene in lawsuits on behalf of
institution. residents. Two recent court decisions challenged the
government's ability to initiate lawsuits of its own without congressional
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