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Some late-breaking news notes.


* Good news for the traveler! Immodium-AD, the highly recommended preparation for traveler's diarrhea, is now available over-the-counter in caplet form, as well as the liquid form previously removed from the prescription list by the FDA. We suggest, however, that if you are traveling to more remote areas of the world, it might be well to include one bottle of the liquid preparation as a backup for the pills. When diarrhea is accompanied by severe vomiting, it is sometimes difficult to keep a pill down long enough for it to dissolve and begin to do its work, whereas a slug of liquid may be more readily tolerated.

* Bad news for the traveler! The Journal of the Florida Medical Association reports that a small but increasing number of people have been bitten by alligators. It seems that both alligators (as the result of restrictive hunting laws) and people (from migration and tourism) have been increasing in numbers in that state, with confrontation as the inevitable result. They advise staying clear, especially with little alligators nearby.

* The U.S. in the throes of the worst measles epidemic in years. Having almost been wiped out after measles vaccines were introduced in the '50s, the disease is again rearing its ugly head as the result of parental complacency. The college setting seems to be particularly vulnerable to spread of the disease. Persons born since 1957 who have not had a well-defined case of measles (the "log" kind, rubeola, not the three-day variety, rubella) and have not received live measles vaccines after age 15 months are well-advised to take the shot. Measles can be a deadly disease.

* Gallup polls indicate that twice as many adults reported having been tested for cholesterol levels in the past year than in the previous year, with one out of three now knowing their level.

* Of the 35 billion pounds of potatoes produced in this country annually, two-thirds are converted to instant potato mixes, chips and frozen products, such as French fries. (Wonder what happens to all those nutritious potato skins?)

* If you think there is such a thing as a "healthy" tan, consider that in the past 30 years the incidences of two lethal forms of skin cancer, malignant melanoma and the squamous cell variety, have tripled.

* A new, digitally controlled hearing aid may be custom programmed to improve a hearing-impaired person's ability to hear in up to eight different environments. The 3M Corporation's Memorymate hearing aid has push-botton controls that allow the user to choose between eight separate memories for use in different listening situations. For example, the user could set the hearing aid for music listening, for maximizing speech quality in noisy environments, etc. These memories are custom programmed according to the individual's needs, and the programs may be changed as the useer's needs change.
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Title Annotation:traveling, measles, cholesterol testing, potato products,, skin cancer, hearing aids
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Jun 1, 1990
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