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How Safe Are Sleeping Pills for the Brain?

More than half of adults surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation report spending several nights each week struggling with at least one symptom of insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or a lack of restorative sleep that causes distress or dysfunction. Sleeping pills are

Ask Dr. Etingin: Stopping Diarrhea; Acid Reflux

Q. Can you give me any information about what stops diarrhea, especially when you don’t know what is causing it? Are there any sure-fire cures?
A. As you suggest, what stops diarrhea often depends on what’s causing the problem. A variety of medications, including antibiotics, certain cancer drugs, and antacids with

How to Get Through Allergy Season

How to Get Through Allergy Season

For a few years in a row, my youngest son would get the sniffles, a sore throat, and other cold symptoms around the same time every spring. I figured that many kids get a cold once a year or so; our son just happens to get his in March. My

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve

Q&A: Dementia; PCOS; Duodenal Ulcers

Q. How can you tell if someone has early-onset dementia?
A. Early-onset dementia refers to having developed dementia before the age of 65. In some people, problems with balance and strength may be the first signs of dementia. In a six-year study of 2,288 men and women age 65 and over,

Newsbriefs: Gum Bacteria; RA

Gum Bacteria May Lead to RA.
Gum disease has long been associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but recently researchers believe they have found the microbe that can generate the production of antibodies in patients with RA. These markers, found in blood samples of 76 percent of RA patents, are anti-citrullinated protein

Newsbriefs: COPD Treatment; Intestinal Infection Treatment

COPD Treatment Guidelines Revised.
The Global Initiative for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) released revised and updated recommendations for assessing COPD, therapies, nonpharmacologic therapies and COPD and common comorbidities, its third revision since 2001. Highlights of the report include recommendations to 1) separate spirometric values

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