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August 2, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Bacteria that cause gonorrhea are quickly developing resistance to another antibiotic, and the world may be running out of drugs to cure this common venereal disease, Army doctors said. Their dire warning was based on recent findings that 8% of servicemen infected with gonorrhea in South Korea had strains of the germ that could withstand spectinomycin, a relatively new drug against the venereal disease.
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.
April 4, 1985 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
Antibiotics have been an effective means of combating harmful bacteria in livestock and poultry for the last 40 years. The drugs, such as penicillin and tetracycline, are also used to enhance farm animals' growth rates. However, critics claim that regular use of antibiotics in animal feed will ultimately pose a serious health threat to humans. Some researchers believe that this practice will create strains of super bacteria in meat-producing animals that would prove resistant to treatment.
If you're on medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, here's what you should know before summer. The Light Problem: Certain medicines increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight, sometimes resulting in a rash, a quicker-than-usual sunburn or both. This occurs because some ingredients in drugs react more intensely with sunlight than other ingredients, explains Theresa Lane, a clinical pharmacist at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
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.
January 10, 2011 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I suffer from digestive upset when taking antibiotics, and I'd like to counter that with the probiotic bacteria in yogurt. Does taking antibiotics with yogurt affect absorption of antibiotics? It depends to a certain extent on the antibiotic, but many should not be taken within a few hours of yogurt or other calcium-rich foods. That includes antibiotics in the tetracycline family and drugs such as ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin, but not ofloxacin. Fruit juice fortified with calcium also can interfere with antibiotic absorption.
June 19, 1994 | R. Daniel Foster
Are we down to the last butterfly? In the past few years, the number of Western monarch butterflies coming to California has dwindled alarmingly. In previous winters, more than a million migrated from other Western states; this year, scientists say, the count was down by 95%. "About 15,000 monarchs usually show up at Camp Pendleton," says David Marriott, founder of the Encinitas-based Monarch Program, which studies the insect's migration. "This past winter, there were about 1,000.
Antibiotics have long been a favorite remedy to treat acne. Adults and adolescents with even mild outbreaks are sometimes treated with tetracycline or erythromycin to quickly clear blemishes. But doctors may be forced to become stingier with antibiotics. Several recent studies show that acne-causing bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes--or P. acnes--have developed strains that resist both topical and oral antibiotics.
August 22, 1986 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
The rookie driver fired by the Southern California Rapid Transit District after the bus she was driving flipped over on the Hollywood Freeway contends that she was taking acne medicine, not illegal drugs, at the time of the July 31 accident, her attorney said Thursday. Attorney Daniel Behesnilian added that Shirley Riojas has never been formally fired by the bus district, despite claims by RTD management that she has.
August 6, 2007 | Alison Williams, Times Staff Writer
Researchers have solved a medical mystery that has eluded them for hundreds of years, demonstrating that an abundance of abnormal skin proteins causes the blotchy skin condition called rosacea. In a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine's online edition, scientists showed that people with rosacea had too much of an incorrectly processed protein called cathelicidin. The results could aid researchers in designing an effective treatment for the disease affecting 14 million in the U.
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