OTC Drugs: Read Those Labels, People!

otcd“I think my mom really wants to be a doctor,” said Pete, as he handed his friend Marty two pain relief tablets for his headache. “She has something in this medicine cabinet for every ache, pain, or sniffle we ever get.”

“I like the way she has those little labels and sections on each shelf for a cold, a cough, pain, and other things,” Marty said. “It makes it easier to tell what you might need to use for a certain problem.”

A bit exaggerated perhaps, and, although America’s medicine …

The Trouble With Aspirin

ttwaIt has even been described as a “miracle” drug–inexpensive, easy to take, and readily available. Asprin is useful for a wide range of medical conditions from relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis to reducing the chances of a heart attack. Although there are some well-known side effects from aspirin use, no one expected that this medication had the potential to cause a medical condition of its own. That is, not until Reye’s syndrome was discovered.

The Link Between Aspirin and Reye’s

A quarter of a century ago, when children …

Trauma Nurses Take Their Work Seriously

tntsJoanne Fairchild of Portland, Oregon, is a trauma flight nurse. She rides in rescue helicopters to help accident victims. On her very first day on the job, a serious accident occurred at Centennial High School in nearby Gresham. A car carrying three teens had hit a telephone pole at 90 miles per hour. Two of the teenagers were dead when the helicopter arrived at the scene. The third died at the hospital, even after the best of care had been given.

For Joanne Fairchild, the deaths were hard to …

Use Of Organic Search Marketing For Highest Returns

uoosInternet marketing consulting has paved the way for budding marketers to add more skills to their arsenal making them even more desirable hires or partners for businesses needing their expertise. The term is “budding” because a handful of these “marketers” didn’t even study marketing formally in the first place. A handful of them are self- taught and just bank on their creative skills and even their social skills to pick up on the trade. These are individuals who have recognized their strengths and have wisely decided to follow that path.…

Mapping Genetics A Tough Job

mgatScientists of the Middle Ages believed that the nature of all living things was determined by four humors — blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm. In the intervening years, other scientists discovered that the responsible parties are really tiny molecules called genes. Researchers today are grappling with mapping as many as 100,000 human genes. Look how far we’ve come!

These latter-day Columbuses are, in the words of Sir Isaac Newton, “standing on the shoulders of giants” such as Gregor Mendel, a 19th-century Austrian monk out of whose pea garden …

A War Over Instruments

Ace Music was acquired in late 1995 by Mark Begelman, a founder of the huge and wildly successful Office Depot retailing chain. Since that time he has been laying the groundwork for an ambitious national Music and Recording Super Store (MARS) chain (see accompanying story). As of this writing, MARS locations are open in Dallas, Atlanta, and Tampa; however, the financial statements released only document the performance of the Miami operations, and thus provide a unique insight into the impact of multiple “superstores” in a single trading area.

Theremin Brings Good Vibes

The Theremin is considered the world’s first electronic instrument. It can be heard in Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” and in the soundtracks of classic (and less-than-classic) films like The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hitchcock’s Spellbound and the recent Mars Attacks!

Designed by Russian-born inventor Lev Termen (see sidebar) and first manufactured by RCA, the original Theremin looks like a wooden podium in a high-school auditorium that has sprouted antennas. These are what make the music that wafts from the speaker in eerie, wavering tones whenever movement-usually a human

Talking About “Pop”

popsYou don’t need to understand Swedish to be struck by the purity of this monthly, designed by art directors Stefania Malmsten and Lars Sundh.  A classic, clean typeface (Monotype Times and Monotype Grotesque, customized by designer Hubert Jocham) suddenly seems very hip here. And the understated, jazzy layout captivates the eye, guiding it smoothly through extensive feature articles and in-depth interviews. Pop’s design boosts up the photographs so that all the featured artists look like superstars, no matter what their place in the public consciousness.

From its debut in 1992,

MIDI Makeouts!

The architecture of the lookinmidi can be divided into three elements – the MIDI interpreter, the pitch generator, and the effects processor. The MIDI interpreter, the real brains of the device, receives the MIDI serial data stream and parses it into real MIDI commands and data. Once received, it interprets them and supplies control data to the pitch generator and effects processor engines. Such information includes sample numbers, pitch tuning, and vibrato depth.

For the effects processor, the generated parameters include channel volume, pan left and right, reverb, and chorus