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
I’ve been a fan of the healthcare consumer group, Choosing Wisely, for several years.
Collaborating with Consumer Reports, Choosing Wisely brings evidence-based healthcare information to patients. Their goal is to educate patients and physicians, and support informed decision making.
Shared decision making not only prevents patient harm from overtreating, but brings down escalating healthcare costs by eliminating unnecessary diagnostic tests and procedures. (Healthcare waste … read on