For more than five years, one of my best friends has been battling ovarian cancer. A fierce fighter (and fabulous friend), she has endured surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy to keep this grim disease at bay. Her oncologist monitors her condition with the blood test CA-125.
Early last summer, her CA-125 began creeping up into the “let’s watch it but not get too excited—yet” territory. … read on
Melatonin is a hormone that our brain makes to help us get to sleep.
Before we messed up our natural sleep cycles with artificial lights, 24/7 exposure to TVs, computers and smart phones, and world-wide jet travel, darkness would signal our brains to release melatonin and put us to sleep. (That’s why you might feel sleepy in a dark theater when watching a movie or … read on
Flu season hit hard this year, and the normal, if unwelcome, after effect of many viral upper respiratory infections is a lingering cough.
A recent review of the medical literature found that, on average, a cough will last 17.8 days! Fortunately, most coughs are self limiting; that is, they will get better without special treatment, such as antibiotics.