The name of one of the physicians (letter, Nov. 20) whose clinic helped a Maryland woman achieve a pregnancy after menopause was misspelled. Pierre Asmar is with the Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Annandale. (Published 11/27/90)

In Defense of Asthma Drug

The article on dangers of theophylline appalled me {Medical News, Nov. 6}. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America obviously does not know what it is like not being able to breathe. As a serious asthmatic, I rely on medications such as theophylline. I am saddened about the reaction that Jennifer Pollack suffered from the medication. However, there are, as the article pointed out, 10 million Americans who rely on theophylline to lead a normal life. Sharon Diamant Potomac

Babies After Menopause

As the physicians who helped Ricki Bingham achieve her dream of getting pregnant after menopause, we were delighted to read the thoughtful commentary on the high-tech quest for babies after menopause {Second Opinion, Oct. 30}. As it suggested, infertile couples and their egg donors who receive proper counseling and guidance will be positively rewarded. It is a very personal experience, and a very positive one for both the recipient and the donor.

Of course, this method can only be used if donors are available. Currently, there are many more women in need of eggs than there are women willing to donate them. Pierre Asma, MD Nancy Durso, MD Annandale

Snoring Affects All Relationships

The article on snoring {Behavior, Oct. 23} repeatedly referred to the habit as wrecking heterosexual marriages. Loud snoring can also damage gay, lesbian or unmarried heterosexual couples' relationships.

The less exclusive word "relationship" should have been used in place of "marriage" to demonstrate sensitivity to lesbians, gays and cohabiting couples. Rodger Pitcairn Washington

Making Decisions -- Or Not

I enjoyed Barbara McGarry Peters's article on making decisions {Psychology, Oct. 23} and especially the GOOP formula (goals, options, outcomes, probabilities). And it is good to know that she leaves us another option in her final line -- "Not making a decision is a decision." Sylvia J. Gorski Alexandria

Sensory Problems in Children

Thanks for the article on sensory integration problems {Children's Health, Nov. 6}. My 4-year-old son was diagnosed in September 1989 and began receiving occupational therapy. At the start of therapy, at age 3 1/2, he was still very toddler-like in behavior. He was not toilet-trained, could not zipper or button his clothing, copy a circle or a line, hold a pair of scissors, wash his face or pay attention to a story or television show. Additionally, he was easily overstimulated by sensory information while out in public, causing him to run away from me while we were shopping or eating out.

After 14 months of occupational therapy, speech therapy and play therapy, he is completely toilet-trained, fully dresses himself, is writing some of the letters in his name and is basically well-behaved both at the mall and at McDonald's.

Sensory integration problems are very difficult to describe, and children with these problems can be very difficult to deal with. Jill G. Matthews Rockville

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