Editorial: August 2004

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Doctors know better than to prescribe certain dangerous drugs to pregnant women. Medications like thalidomide (Thalomid) or isotretinon (Accutane) can cause tragic birth defects. The ulcer medicine misoprostol (Cytotec) can trigger premature labor. Packaging and prescribing instructions for these drugs... (Read More)
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In 1999 the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) shook the medical community to its foundation. The IOM estimated that almost 100,000 Americans die in hospitals every year as a consequence of errors. People were outraged. If a similar number of... (Read More)
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If you watch medical dramas on TV, the chances are good that you have seen a crisis like this: A patient goes into cardiac arrest, someone yells "code blue" and doctors come rushing with a crash cart and defibrillator. Someone... (Read More)
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Children are not just small adults. Drugs that are safe and effective for grown-ups, such as antidepressants or cough syrup, may not work well for kids. Pediatricians have worked hard to tailor children's health care to their special requirements. It's... (Read More)
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New guidelines have just been issued for cholesterol control. People at high risk of heart disease are now being encouraged to get bad LDL cholesterol under 70. Their prior goal was 100. To accomplish this, most patients will need high... (Read More)