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October 9, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Gynetics Inc. said that next year it will begin marketing an emergency contraceptive, commonly known as the "morning after" pill, in the U.S. A combination of hormones found in birth-control pills, the drug reduces the risk of pregnancy by 75% after unprotected sex and could reduce the demand for abortion by half, said James Trussell, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Gynetics will be the first company to market this type of contraceptive in the U.S.
May 26, 2008 | Marci Crestani, Special to The Times
Are WE really living that much longer than previous generations did? I don't think so. The insurance industry's actuarial tables may say we are, but I've never understood that industry's mathematical models of anything, especially billing. Take the case of my 81-year-old mother and 83-year-old father. Except for my mother having lung cancer and my father being unable to walk farther than 30 feet, both of my parents are in excellent health. They are both employed nearly full time at the job of maintaining this excellent health and of managing the more troublesome parts (such as the lung cancer and being unable to walk more than 30 feet)
November 23, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
In a finding that is being widely hailed as the first major prevention breakthrough in the AIDS era, researchers have shown that taking a single daily pill containing two HIV drugs can reduce risk of contracting the virus by an average of 44% ? and by more than 70% if the subjects take most of their pills. The study involved nearly 2,500 high-risk gay men, but experts hope that the results will be applicable to other populations considered at risk for contracting the virus. Several studies are already underway to determine if that is the case.
November 1, 1985 | United Press International
One of the largest studies of its kind has found no link between breast cancer and birth control pills, the second most widely used form of contraception in the United States, researchers reported Thursday.
June 27, 1985 | DOROTHY TOWNSEND, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old rape victim filed suit Wednesday against a Catholic hospital for allegedly denying her information about and access to the "morning after pill" while she was receiving emergency treatment for the assault. Although the woman did not become pregnant, in so failing to inform or prescribe for a rape victim at risk of pregnancy, the hospital failed to provide optimal emergency treatment in accordance with the standards of good medical practice, the suit claims.
Call it the smoking patch for alcoholics. Drinkers who feel powerless before alcohol have a breakthrough weapon in the battle against alcoholism. Except this is a pill, taken once a day. And drinkers find that they "get no kick from champagne" after they take it. Ale turns to ginger ale, with this non-addictive "opioid antagonist," which doesn't make recovering alcoholics sick. Addiction experts say its power lies in reducing the craving for booze.
June 15, 2008
Regarding the bill by state Sen. Ron Calderon ("Opening your pill box for bulk mailers," Consumer Confidential, June 11) to allow a bulk mailing firm to remind pharmacy customers to refill their prescriptions: What was Calderon thinking? At the pharmacy, we stand five feet away from the customer at the counter so their personal prescription data is not revealed to strangers. And Calderon (D-Montebello) is considering a bill allowing an outside company to know what all of us take and when, and then "remind" us that our pill bottle is empty?
April 23, 1989 | MONIKA JAIN, Associated Press
Abortion is an accepted birth control practice in Japan. The pill is banned because of what officials call uncertainties about its side effects. "Abortions are protected," said Dr. Kunio Kitamura, director of the Japan Family Planning Assn. Male dominance in Japanese society also comes into play. "Women tend to leave birth control to the husbands, but with the pill, what happens to the role of men?" Kitamura said. "The Japanese are very conservative people," said Dr. Eikichi Matsuyama, a physician at Tokyo's Kosei Nenkin Hospital.
May 4, 2010 | Shari Roan
It was supposed to make every child a wanted child, give women control over their bodies and grant couples worry-free sex. Such were the aspirations of health professionals worldwide when the medication now known simply as "the pill" arrived on the market 50 years ago. It was the first birth-control method that did not require use in the heat of the moment, the first that could be used by a woman without her partner's knowledge or cooperation....
April 7, 2012 | Sandy Banks
It's a ritual that's beginning to make me feel less responsibly health conscious and more reliably heading toward old age. Every Sunday, I count out seven days' worth of a dozen different pills and load them into the daily compartments in my plastic medication bin. That's "geezer status," my daughter jokes, as I slip an extra set inside my purse, in case my memory-enhancing gingko biloba fails and I forget to swallow them before I leave home....
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