Blog Posts in October, 2008

  • Aspirin - Wonder Drug or Not?

    || 30-Oct-2008

    My uncle was a pharmacist for 50 years, and I remember him telling me that if aspirin had been discovered today, it would definitely be a prescription medication because of all its different applications. But, as multi-faceted as aspirin is, aspirin maker Bayer may have gotten a bit carried away with its health claims. According to an October 28, 2008, article in the New York Times, the Food and ...
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  • Patient Beware

    || 27-Oct-2008

    Does the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track policy for new medical devices help or hurt? According to an article in the New York Times from October 27, 2008, the FDA approval process for medical devices is simple at best. The FDA does not check for evidence of effectiveness but only that the device performs as stated and is not dangerous. After a medical device is approved, medical ...
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  • Bicycle Accidents in Portland Oregon

    || 24-Oct-2008

    Tuesday morning (10/21/08) at about 6:50 am I witnessed a cyclist taken down by a car that didn’t see her. The cyclist was doing everything right — helmet, lights, etc — but still was nearly hit. The cyclist was coming down NE Knott and a car coming from a side street to the cyclist’s right did not see the cyclist and pulled out in front of her. It was a foggy morning and ...
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  • Bad Water

    || 23-Oct-2008

    In the last post we talked about the potential hazards of BPA, the chemical used in the manufacture of plastic bottles. Well, now we’re going to talk about the potential hazards of the water in the plastic bottles! According to a study conducted by nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), some 10 major brands of bottled water are guilty of containing a variety of ...
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  • Bad Plastic

    || 20-Oct-2008

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the controversy over plastic bottles, such as water bottles. The culprit is Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to produce various types of plastics and epoxy resins. Though plastics manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration contend BPA is not harmful, many disagree, arguing that BPA leaches into foods and ...
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  • Kids & Cold Medicines Don't Mix

    || 15-Oct-2008

    Well, cold season is fast upon us, and for many that means scouring the medicine aisles for cold remedies. Not so fast, my friends! Particularly for those of you who have young children, caution is the key when administering cold medication. Drug manufacturers announced plans to add a warning on labels against administering cough and cold medicines to children under the age of four. Drug makers ...
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