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HEALTH
November 1, 2010 | By Joe Graedon and Theresa Graedon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I take zolpidem (Ambien) for insomnia. It helps me fall asleep but not stay asleep, and it gives me a dry mouth. My doctor suggested I try melatonin instead to prolong the time I stay asleep. Does that sound reasonable? The studies on melatonin are mixed. A double-blind French study published this summer in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found no benefit. It appears to be more useful for jet lag, according to a report in the September issue of Current Treatment Options in Neurology.
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HEALTH
April 20, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
I had severe leg pain for months. My doctor did blood work and found that my vitamin D level was 8. She prescribed me 50,000 IUs per week for 12 weeks, and now my leg pain is almost nonexistent. This is a common prescription dose for correcting a severe vitamin D deficiency. Many people have less than optimal levels of this vitamin. Lower than 20 nanograms per milliliter indicates deficiency. Some experts believe that optimal levels should be at least 30.
HEALTH
June 14, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I have used Pycnogenol for almost two years for horrible hot flashes and night sweats. I started with 200 milligrams. It did stop the symptoms, but it felt like I was trying to restart an old engine. I dropped the dose to 150 mg and found that is a good dose for me. The flashes and sweats are minimal and tolerable. An unexpected and welcome side effect is that my asthma is so much better. I was on Symbicort, maximum dosage, and could not wean myself off. I realized my asthma was better after using the Pycnogenol for a short while, and I tried to taper down again.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1994 | From Associated Press
Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to sell its remaining Sterling Winthrop business, including non-prescription remedies such as Bayer aspirin, to health care giant SmithKline Beecham for $2.925 billion in cash. The sale is among the latest in the consolidation of the health care industry, where companies are merging to gain products and cut costs as changes cut deeply into profits. In another deal announced Monday, Ivax Corp.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | Associated Press
He is a most improbable millionaire. On that, Lakeview is agreed. And to find him here, driving his Rolls-Royce or projecting his boyish brand of enthusiasm or wielding a shovel or spreading his money around in share-the-wealth fashion, only adds to the improbability. This town that cattle and lumber and Irish grit built on the wind-swept reaches of the Oregon desert still isn't quite sure what to make of Jim Schmit.
HEALTH
January 31, 2005 | Elena Conis
Native to Central and South America, the spicy fruits known as peppers were first transported from the New World to the Old after the journeys of Columbus. European explorers dubbed the fruits "peppers" because they served the same purpose as the black peppercorn (actually a berry) in Europe: flavoring food.
FOOD
December 5, 1985
If you must take prescribed medications and your diet is not properly balanced, you may be depleting nutrients necessary for staying healthy, the California Dietetic Assn. warns. "The human body is like a chemistry lab, with different chemicals, such as medicines and the nutrients in food, having different influence on the body when mixed together," says Cheryl Loggins, a registered dietitian and president of the association. "And sometimes those effects interact and cancel one another out."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Christopher Houlihan's quixotic six-city, six-Louis-Vierne-organ-symphony tour reached the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Thursday and Friday nights. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the day - June 2, 1937 - that the blind French composer dropped dead at the Notre-Dame de Paris organ, just as he was finishing his 1,750th recital. No one, other than the occasional organ freak, pays much attention anymore to these gloomily gothic "symphonies" for solo organ, written between 1895 and 1930.
NEWS
August 30, 1988 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
Ulcer sufferers, and people with more garden variety heartburn and indigestion, may be able to look forward to two new and interrelated treatments. But both treatments--a possible new drug for ulcer sufferers and the proposed recasting of an established remedy as an over-the-counter antacid--have raised questions about effectiveness and acceptable balance between risk and benefit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They sprayed malathion and tried matchmaking with sterile mates, but the little pests kept swarming back. Now they're going for the lipstick dye. Officials hope the kiss of death for the crop-destroying Mediterranean fruit fly will be "SureDye," a red and yellow dye blend used to make pink lipstick.
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