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November 30, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Many over-the-counter, liquid medications meant for children contain dosing instructions and measuring cups or droppers that rarely match each other and could confuse even the most careful parent or caretaker, according to a new study. This could easily lead to under- or over-dosing, with potentially dangerous consequences, researchers said. The study, released online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., examined popular liquid cough, cold, allergy and stomach medications as well as painkillers and fever reducers, all meant for children younger than 12. More than one-quarter of the 200 products examined failed to include a measuring device, such as cup, dropper or oral syringe.
August 22, 1986
Dr. Bronow evades the serious issue of the day with respect to health care; that of cost. He talks about asking pharmacies to discount drugs, but not one word about physician's fees. Does he not realize that he and his greedy profession has been pricing themselves out of the market? What good is "quality medicine" if it is unaffordable? M. STEIN Sherman Oaks
July 28, 2003
Marijuana reduces pain and nausea while stimulating the appetite. This makes it an excellent medicine for certain types of diseases, a point the author of "A Haze of Misinformation Clouds Issue of Medical Marijuana" (Commentary, July 22) seems to miss entirely. What kinds of diseases are these? Cancer (especially the symptoms of chemotherapy) and AIDS are two of the most notable. No one claims that marijuana can "cure" these diseases. But shouldn't we allow victims of these maladies to live their final days in comfort?
May 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Health officials in northeastern Cambodia made an urgent appeal for medicine to fight a cholera outbreak that has killed 61 people. Antibiotics and intravenous serum have been flown into Ratanakiri province from the capital, Phnom Penh, but provincial health advisor Dr. Gerry Pais said the supplies fall far short of the need. Nongovernmental organizations have been unable to provide enough assistance to meet the shortfall, he said.
June 30, 1985
As I follow the headlines each day informing me of how our noble politicians are protecting the people by demanding strict enforcement of the death penalty, and the same venal people are demanding the heads of certain judges, I am utterly dismayed. And as I read of the gross inequities in law practiced against women and minorities in the name of a peculiar doctrine termed "reverse discrimination," and when I hear of the further erosion of the Fourth Amendment by the gutting of the exclusionary rule, I am struck with the stark difference between the twisted path of the law and the broad avenue of medicine.
November 20, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The British Medical Assn. has approved a game for schoolchildren with cards depicting condoms and sperm donation to teach children 11 to 18 about the dangers of AIDS. The game released last week consists of 28 cards depicting a range of social and sexual activities that children are asked to define as either safe or as posing a risk of transmitting acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Among the safe behaviors are shaking hands, kissing, sharing food, donating blood and coughing and sneezing.
December 28, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc.'s Relpax migraine medicine won Food and Drug Administration approval, giving the world's biggest drug maker a rival to treatments from GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. Pfizer already sells Relpax in the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and several other nations. The drug maker is attempting to enter a market in which GlaxoSmithKline's Imitrex migraine medicine has annual sales of more than $1 billion, about 75% of which is in the U.S.
A week before Pope John Paul II's visit to Cuba, a coalition of prominent Americans joined Tuesday to lobby to end U.S. restrictions on the sale of food and medicine to the Caribbean island. "This cruel embargo is the cruelest of all embargoes that we have imposed on any people on Earth," former Rep. Sam Gibbons (D-Fla.) said at a news conference announcing the effort.
November 9, 1987
A newly identified syndrome that most commonly afflicts women after they have undergone routine elective surgery can be treated effectively if diagnosed quickly, researchers say. Brain damage and death can be avoided if the level of sodium in the blood of patients with hyponatremia is raised before they stop breathing, Dr. Allen I. Arieff of the University of California suggests in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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