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Westchester, N.Y., considering stricter limit on cough medicine sales

BY Drew Buono

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. A new bill maybe passed in Westchester that would ban the selling of cough and cold products containing dextromethorphan to anyone under 18, according to The New York Times.

The county would follow Nassau and Suffolk who passed legislation last year banning the selling of the products to anyone under 18 and 19 respectively. Reports have shown a large increase in children taking the medications in excess to get the “high” euphoric effects that they would receive from drugs like marijuana.

If the law passes, Westchester supermarkets and drugstores that sell DXM products to minors would get a warning for the first violation and $150 fines for each subsequent offense.

Similar bans are under committee review in the United States Senate and the New York and New Jersey state legislatures. A Connecticut bill proposed in 2005 did not proceed to a vote.

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Nascar, Tylenol create fake talk show

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Tylenol and Nascar have started an advertising campaign based around a TV talk show-like commercial titled “The Feel Better Fast Show.”

The commercial features four Nascar drivers, such as Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick, taking calls from viewers and offering them advice.

Tylenol is the official pain reliever of Nascar. The Web site for the ad campaign is at www.feelbetterfasttv.com.

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High vitamin C levels may stave off diabetes

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study published in the July 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine has found that lots of vitamin C in the diet may decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The study looked at 21,831 men and women aged 40 to 75 and found that those with the highest amounts of vitamin C in the blood were 62 percent less likely to develop the disease. The results did not change significantly when other issues related to diabetes risk—age, gender, alcohol use, weight and so forth—were not taken into account.

During the course of the study, which lasted for 12 years, 735 subjects developed Type 2 diabetes.

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