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HEALTH
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.
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OPINION
February 20, 2012 | By Malcolm Potts
Presidents, politicians and physicians are fighting over who should pay for contraception, and women are getting hurt in the process. Roman Catholic bishops reject even President Obama's recent compromise not requiring religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to pay for contraception, saying it does not meet their standard of "religious liberty and moral convictions. " Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards calls the row over insurance payments part of "a misleading and outrageous assault onwomen's health.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
April 9, 1997 | LOUISE CONTINELLI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
BUSINESS
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?
NEWS
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.
SCIENCE
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....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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....
HEALTH
June 21, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I would like to tell you about a remedy for leg cramps or spasms. One evening we were playing cards with some friends, and suddenly my husband bent over with a severe leg cramp. Our host went to the refrigerator, got the jar of pickles and poured 1/4 glass of pickle juice. He told my husband to drink it, and the leg cramps eased almost immediately. Have you ever heard of such a remedy? We have heard from many other readers that pickle juice can ease leg cramps. Scientists at Brigham Young University recently tested this remedy on 10 college students.
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