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July 11, 1988 | DR. NEIL SOLOMON
Question: Is there any possibility that the insulin nasal spray for diabetics will ever replace insulin injections? Doctors complain that patients don't follow their instructions, but I'd be willing to bet that patients would use the nasal spray more conscientiously. I would also like to know if the insulin in the spray is the same as that used for injections. Answer: The results of various studies indicate that the insulin nasal spray can be as effective as insulin injections.
March 23, 1998 | JOE GRAEDON and TERESEA GRAEDON, Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert
Most people assume that over-the-counter drugs are harmless. But even a common cold remedy could be dangerous, even deadly, when combined with the wrong prescription medicine. Take the case of a man who took NyQuil for a cold. He never imagined that this ordinary medicine might not mix well with his antidepressant. When he was admitted to the emergency room, he was vomiting blood, sweating, shaking, confused and having trouble breathing.
March 7, 2013 | David Lazarus
Diane Shattuck filled a prescription in December for a generic antibiotic called doxycycline. With insurance, she paid $4.30 for 60 pills at a CVS store in Orange. She returned at the end of February to refill her prescription. This time, she was told her cost for the drug would be about $165. "It was bizarre," Shattuck, 73, told me. "And no one at CVS could explain why the price was so high. " Unfortunately, I won't be able to offer a clear-cut answer, either. But my effort to untangle Shattuck's situation cast a harsh light on the shadowy world of drug pricing.
May 14, 1991 | SHARI ROAN
Dermatologists say they are seeing an increase in potentially serious tanning salon accidents, including eye damage and, in individuals who are taking medications that increase the skin's sensitivity, severe sunburn. An Indiana woman who died in 1989 after suffering third-degree burns at a tanning salon had been taking soralen, a medication for the skin disease psoriasis, which increased her sensitivity to light. Julie, an Orange County woman, also found out how easily mishaps can happen.
September 15, 1997 | MARTIN MILLER
It's September 1997, and you've got a monster headache. But according to your aspirin bottle, its contents expired in December 1996. Will the expired pills still do in the headache? Or worse, will they do you in? On both counts, probably not, say medical experts. Drugs like headache relievers merely become less potent--not dangerous--over time. The same goes for the majority of over-the-counter medications--they are not very likely to harm you even if taken after their expiration dates.
Pierce's disease, one of the worst scourges ever to hit the U.S. wine industry, may someday be eliminated, thanks to the noodling of Richard Peterson, a winemaker with a background in chemistry. In California alone, Pierce's disease has wiped out thousands of acres of top-quality grapevines and threatens many more. It is ravaging hundreds of acres in the Temecula region of southern Riverside County and has already caused more than $1 million in damages there.
August 13, 1989
Thank goodness at long last there is a debate about the way animals are raised to produce veal. I am among the growing number who have had enough of animal industries such as producers of milk-fed veal who will torture animals for the almighty profit. No more tetracycline medallions for me. No more torture scaloppine either. The Santa Monica restaurant Valentino had better wake up and smell the burning bacon--this "conversation piece" (the term used by the restaurant's Piero Selvaggio)
April 5, 1999
So our government, enraged with the European Community's refusal to purchase our hormone-laced beef, contemplates economic reprisals. How dare the Europeans refuse what is foisted on the American population! What nerve they have to protect their people when it cuts into our profit! Never mind their concerns about long-term health effects. If the American people are forced to eat hormone- or tetracycline-treated beef and poultry, why should the population of Europe be different? If this boycott continues, it might even spread to our shores.
December 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration said it will test raw milk weekly around the nation to determine if it contains certain antibiotics. The agency said that 250 sites will be designated for testing, and randomly selected raw milk samples from five sites will be tested each week. The tests will look for the presence of eight sulfa drugs and three tetracycline drugs. The FDA said when residues are found, the states will be told and the agency will help track down the source.
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