Doctors discourage use of cough medicine

Despite the billions of dollars spent every year in this country on over-the-counter cough syrups, most such medicines do little if anything to relieve coughs, the nation‘schest physicians say. Over-the-counter cough syrups generally contain drugs in too low a dose to be effective, or contain combinations of drugs that have never been proven to treat coughs, said Dr. Richard Irwin, chairman of a cough guidelines committee for the American College…

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Quotations from the Jerz Household

Quotations from the Jerz Household (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) “I don’t want you to go back to work. I want you to be a real daddy, who takes care of me.” (Carolyn, age 3, contemplating the end of the Christmas break.) “Mommy, what does ‘neat and tidy’ mean?” (Peter, age 7, who studies the periodic table for pleasure.) “How do I start it?” (My wife, standing in kitchen. Yes, I’m such an…

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Violent games 'affect behaviour'

When shown images of real-life violence, people who played violent video games were found to have a diminished response. However, when the same group were shown other disturbing images such as dead animals or ill children they had a much more natural response. When the game players were given the opportunity to punish a pretend opponent those with the greatest reduction in P300 meted out the severest punishments. Psychologist Bruce…

Fun in New York for under $100

Introduction: Gateway to the World On Friday January 6, I went to NY for my first self-planned and self-financed trip. I did the planning, the research, and I didn’t rely on my parents or older relatives for transportation (to get around Manhattan). I was pretty much on my own (of course I was accompanied by my cousin/friend because I’m not that insane to go by myself). Part I: Getting to…