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May 13, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
British scientists have mapped the genetic material of a common soil bacterium in an achievement that could combat the growing problem of "super-bugs"--bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics. The bacterium, Streptomyces coelicolor, and its relatives already produce two-thirds of natural antibiotics such as tetracycline and erythromycin.
March 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 37 health and consumer groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of seven antibiotics in livestock, saying the practice poses a potential threat to human health. The drugs the groups want banned are penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, tylosin, lincomycin, virginiamycin and bacitracin.
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.
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.
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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