September 20, 2004 |
Heartburn, indigestion, ulcers and other gastric disorders affect 1 in every 20 people, and U.S. patients fork over more money for treatment -- about $13 billion every year for prescription drugs -- than for almost any other type of medication. But easing the symptoms can take time. The pills' thick coatings -- necessary so the medication isn't destroyed by the stomach's powerful acids -- delay the drugs' absorption until they get to the intestine. Now a low-tech discovery happened upon by a university pharmacologist has led to the reformulation of some of the gastric reflux drugs with baking soda.
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."
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.
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.
December 6, 1990 |
Studies indicate that some chronic ulcers may be caused by a type of bacteria, suggesting for the first time a cure for the condition. Bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which are commonly found in the digestive tract, have been linked to ulcer formation, said Dr. Alex Sherman, a gastroenterologist at New York University Medical Center. "While several options are available to treat ulcers, the findings about this bacteria offer a good chance at a cure," Sherman said.