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  • Medication crisis [Commentary]

    Medication crisis [Commentary]
    The 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.
  • In the 'silent prison' of autism, Ido Kedar speaks out

    In the 'silent prison' of autism, Ido Kedar speaks out
    I t-h-i-n-k … Ido Kedar sits at the dining room table of his West Hills home. He fidgets in his chair, slouched over an iPad, typing. He hunts down each letter. Seconds pass between the connections. … A-u-t-i-s-m-l-a-n-d … He...

    Let's talk sleeping pills

    Let's talk sleeping pills
    Dear Pharmacist: What are the best medications to help me sleep? I've tried all the natural remedies. I need something stronger! — V.E., Sacramento, Calif. Dear V.E.: Why, as a nation, do we have trouble sleeping? It should be such a natural act....

    Defining catatonia remains challenging

    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...

    Fish oils don't raise risk of prostate cancer

    Fish oils don't raise risk of prostate cancer
    Dear Pharmacist: What do you think about fish oil being linked to prostate cancer? I used to take it every day, but stopped after hearing about it in the news. Do you still recommend it? — L.D., Miami Dear L.D.: My opinion is that headlines...