November 1, 2010 |
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.
August 10, 2009 |
This is salmonella's world. We're just living in it. The bacterium appeared on the planet millions of years before humans, and scientists are certain it will outlast us too. It's practically guaranteed that salmonella will keep finding its way into the food supply despite the best efforts of producers and regulators. Since breaking off from its close cousin E. coli more than 100 million years ago, salmonella has evolved into more than 2,500 strains. Some, such as Typhi, sicken humans but have no effect on other animals.
August 30, 1994 |
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.
January 31, 2005 |
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.
November 30, 2009 |
Some drugs are so common that consumers -- at their peril -- don't think twice about them. But each drug, whether prescription or over-the-counter, poses risks. To highlight these risks, we offer up a few details on five of the most-prescribed medications, with additional input from pharmacists interviewed for this package of stories. Hydrocodone with acetaminophen Brand names: Vicodin, Lortab Description: A combination of a narcotic ( hydrocodone ) with a non-narcotic ( acetaminophen )
August 30, 1988 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993 |
Moorpark council members have decided to cut the size of the city's Senior Center Advisory Committee from seven members to five--and in the process forcing the board's two most combative, outspoken members to reapply for one open seat. "Apparently what they want is a bunch of yes men," said Gerry Goldstein, a frequent City Council critic who was appointed to the advisory board last year. "I think every town needs at least one curmudgeon."
January 28, 1991
Things have been tense enough lately to give anybody a sour stomach. But it may be of some comfort to know that at least one industry is benefiting from our indigestion: According to Packaged Facts Inc., a New York research firm, the antacid market grew 5% last year and is expected to grow another 50% by 1995, when sales will reach $1.1 billion.
April 12, 1989 |
SmithKline Beckman Corp. and Britain's Beecham Group PLC announced today that they have agreed to merge to form the world's second-largest drug maker. "For SmithKline, this merger marks the beginning of a promising new chapter for our employees, our shareholders and our customers," SmithKline Beckman Chairman Henry Wendt said at a news conference. "We will have one of the best and largest research and development organizations in the world, drawing on the scientific skills and traditions of the United States and Britain," Wendt said.