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.
July 22, 2012 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
February 4, 1988 |
There's something about the game of basketball, and its tendency to go down to the last shot, that makes coaches consider investing in a season-long stockpile of antacids. Wednesday night's game between St. Bernard and Mater Dei was one of those. Visiting Mater Dei won, 56-53, in overtime on point guard Mark Ramstack's three-point play, but the game was enough to leave both coaches clutching their stomachs. Said St.
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.
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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.
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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."