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2006-06-05 20:24:41

Corrects name in seventh paragraph to Chuck Newton from Chick Newtown. By Richard C. Lewis PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been released from a drug rehabilitation program a month after crashing his car into a cement barrier and seeking help for dependency on prescription drugs. Kennedy, who has acknowledged he suffered from depression and had abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years,...

2006-06-05 17:22:11

By Richard C. Lewis PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been released from a drug rehabilitation program a month after crashing his car into a cement barrier and seeking help for dependency on prescription drugs. Kennedy, who has acknowledged he suffered from depression and had abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years, vowed on Monday to shun all "mood-altering drugs" and insisted he did not...

2006-05-05 12:55:00

By Kim Dixon CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy's statement that he used Sanofi-Aventis's sleep drug Ambien, to explain how he might have been involved in a late-night car crash, has led to renewed attention on the drug's possible side-effects. The Rhode Island Democrat had also taken the prescription nausea drug phenergan before crashing his car into a security barrier in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning. Nobody was hurt but the incident has intensified questioning about...

2006-03-15 00:55:00

By Kim Dixon CHICAGO -- Strange behavior by insomniacs taking prescription drugs, ranging from binge eating to having sex while asleep, have raised safety questions about anti-insomnia medications like Sanofi-Aventis' Ambien. Researchers in Minnesota are studying cases where insomniacs taking Ambien got up in the middle of the night, binged uncontrollably, then remembered nothing of their actions. The researchers expect to publish data shortly. Such sleep-induced side effects while on the...

2005-12-11 09:26:18

Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata all have their pluses and minuses, study found HealthDay News -- No single sleeping pill stands out as the best, according to a U.S. review of the newer sleep aids on the market. The researchers reviewed 141 studies of the sleeping pills Sonata, Ambien, Lunesta and a Canadian brand called Imovane. These are all considered newer sleeping aids and are commonly prescribed for insomnia in place of older benzodiazepine sleeping aids such as Halcion, ProSom and Restoril....

2005-11-11 15:28:04

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While sedative drugs, such as Restoril and Ambien, may improve sleep in older people with insomnia, the risks of such therapy may outweigh the benefits, according to investigators in Canada. The findings are based on a review of 24 trials that included 2417 subjects aged 60 or older who were treated with so-called sedative hypnotic pills or inactive placebo pills for insomnia. The subjects received the assigned pills for at least five consecutive nights....

2005-10-17 00:24:56

By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of younger Americans reaching for prescription drugs to get a good night's sleep and the money being spent to keep from tossing and turning, is soaring, according to a study conducted by a prescription management company. Among adults aged 20 to 44, use of sleep medications doubled between 2000 and 2004, while spending among the age group for a restful night jumped 190 percent over that period, the Medco Health Solutions study released...

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2005-10-17 00:20:00

NEW YORK -- The number of younger Americans reaching for prescription drugs to get a good night's sleep and the money being spent to keep from tossing and turning, is soaring, according to a study conducted by a prescription management company. Among adults aged 20 to 44, use of sleep medications doubled between 2000 and 2004, while spending among the age group for a restful night jumped 190 percent over that period, the Medco Health Solutions study released on Monday found. The numbers...

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2005-04-28 07:55:00

But one expert cautions that sleeping pills won't cure insomnia HealthDayNews -- Insomniacs can now try another sleeping pill for desperately needed slumber. Lunesta, from Sepracor Inc., is the latest entry into the sleep medication market, and it has the distinction of being the only such medication approved for long-term use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About 60 million Americans a year have insomnia often or for extended periods, according to the National Institute of...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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