Story | Dec 21, 2013 | 8:00 AM
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Story | Jan 5, 2014 | 3:00 AMThe patient was found by paramedics and rushed to the hospital. He had taken over 80 aspirin tablets of 500 mg each — more than enough to be lethal. The ER staff prepared to administer the standard treatment for aspirin poisoning: sodium bicarbonate. Yes, this is the same stuff seen in movies that anxious characters take to relieve stomach upset and is followed by a burp. Chemically it's a simple, inexpensive medication and has been used for decades. In this case, the bicarbonate is a sterile solution given intravenously. But when the order was sent to the hospital pharmacy, the answer came back that there was no bicarbonate solution available. The only alternative would be to begin emergency dialysis, a far more expensive and risky procedure.
Column | Nov 21, 2013 | 2:45 PM
Story | Sep 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM
Q: What is catatonia? Can it be treated? A: Catatonia is a disorder of motor functioning. It was first described in 1874. By the turn of the 20th century, an influential psychiatrist named Emil Kraepelin had linked it to schizophrenia. As a result, it's...
Story | Jul 2, 2013 | 9:32 PM
Anybody else wondering what sort of nonsense has led to our doing a season-finale-type recap show only four episodes into the second half of Season 3, Dance Moms nation? Were Cathy and Abby too busy to film this week's episode? Did 10tensity Dance...