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BUSINESS
February 24, 2008
As persons living with HIV/AIDS and growing older -- we are two of the subjects of the Feb. 5 Times article about growing older with HIV/AIDS -- we wish to make an important point concerning an article by Daniel Costello ("HIV treatment becoming profitable," Feb. 21). Pharmaceutical companies have made great inroads in treating HIV/AIDS itself, most significantly with once-a-day dosing. However, there are innumerable side effects of the medications. Aging only exacerbates those. It is vital that those who may become infected understand that one pill a day will not remain the norm for very long.
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HEALTH
December 8, 1997
I read your article on the flu [Dec. 1] with interest and, from a public health education point of view, thought you and the writers did a good job. I am a little bothered however by the bullet ("Vitals"): "A survey of 1,008 adults found that 25% believe nothing treats the flu (there are two antiviral medications that can be given at the first sign of symptoms). . . ." Actually, these medications are of dubious efficacy and quite expensive. They definitely fall outside the local standard of care for treating the flu in otherwise healthy patients and are typically reserved for patients with severe underlying disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
A broad package of bills aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths won approval from a key state Senate committee Monday. The bills, including a measure that would require coroners to report prescription-involved deaths to the Medical Board of California, followed a series of Times articles linking doctors to patient overdose deaths. In urging approval for his coroner-reporting bill, Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) cited the case of a doctor identified by The Times as having prescribed drugs to 16 patients who died of overdoses or related causes.
NEWS
August 23, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
A welter of medications sold over the counter and by prescription can spell fast relief from the churning discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn, and the class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors has grown powerfully popular with Americans. But the watchdog group Public Citizen on Tuesday asked the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to warn Americans that these drugs can be habit-forming and carry a wide range of other dangers. Public Citizen complained that medications known by such commercial names as Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Prevacid are widely overprescribed and used routinely by people who don't need them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001
Re "States Move to Cut Cost of Drugs," July 30: There is one group of people who should not be the beneficiaries of mandatory drug discounts: smokers. Someone who smokes just one pack a day would have at least $90 a month for medicines if they would quit. If a smoker quits, lo and behold, he or she often ceases to require as many medications. Why should more of my taxes go to subsidize a lifestyle that leads to more medication use and provides no benefits except for nicotine highs? Joey Liu Newbury Park
OPINION
June 24, 2001
As a person living with AIDS, I applaud Bill Gates for his $100-million donation to fight AIDS on a global scale (June 20). Also, President Bush deserves credit for committing $200 million to this end. However, I strongly believe we should take care of our own before we save the world. There are people with AIDS in this country who cannot afford medications, basic medical care or housing. Beside s, what happened to drug benefits for Medicare recipients? Dean Riner Laguna Beach
SPORTS
December 16, 2000
Regarding Grahame Jones' Dec. 10 soccer column, where L.A. Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch states "that the Coliseum's large crowds--for instance, 61,072 for the USA-Mexico match on Oct. 25--are proof that people feel perfectly safe." Please send me a list of Mr. Lynch's medications because I would love to get my hands on whatever drugs he's on. Safe?! At the Oct. 25 U.S.-Mexico match?! Not only is he not on the same planet as the rest of us, he's not even in the same dimension.
SCIENCE
September 4, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
 Nearly a third of all Americans have hypertension -- high blood pressure -- and more than half of those do not have it under control, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Substantial numbers do not even know they have a problem, the CDC said, and many more do not have their condition under control despite the fact that they are taking medications for it. Normal blood pressure consists of a systolic pressure under 120 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and a diastolic pressure under 80 mmHg: that is, less than 120/80.
NEWS
July 13, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The family of drugs that includes the over-the-counter medications Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Sominex and Tylenol PM can double the risk of impaired thinking in elderly African Americans, and presumably in Caucasians as well, researchers said Tuesday. The family, called anticholinergics, blocks the activity of the neurotransmitter acetylchoine, and also includes the prescription drugs Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil. Most of the anticholinergics are used by the elderly to aid sleep and to relieve bladder leakage problems.
NEWS
February 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Heart attacks kill. But not as often as they used to. In fact, you might say heart attacks can start life anew. Leonard Castro knows firsthand. His life was upended by a first heart attack at age 46 and subsequent bypass surgery. Like about 90% of heart attack patients who make it to a hospital, he lived. But he's not living the life he once had. Castro underwent cardiac rehabilitation that included Life Overhaul 101, a wake-up call that covered nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and how to manage medications.
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