I’ve been doing some genealogical research for my family, and spent the weekend browsing through some newspapers from the years 1900 to 1910.
I was mesmerized by news stories hinting at an approaching war in Europe—which would become World War I—and local fluff pieces such as “Pet dog is operated upon” and “Burglars lead police in exciting footrace.”
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
A big, new study about antidepressants came out in a medical journal last week. It concluded that antidepressants were “modestly” effective compared to placebo, and listed which drugs seem to offer the most help with the fewest side effects.
But the media seem to have taken the study a step further; they’ve been reporting that based on this information, more people should … 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.