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Trouble sleeping? Overactive bladder? Someone recommended a low-dose anti-depressant for chronic pain? These are three common scenarios in which people take one of the drugs classed as anti-cholinergics, a category of  that acts directly on the "... [read more]
The current flu season has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and is showing signs of the severity expected when the current flu strain was identified. Unfortunately for those who received the flu vaccine, the current flu’s variety... [read more]
"Say, I'm a little sleepy - this rough, small, cold, concrete bed looks good, I think I'll just...zzzzz..." When was the last time you fell asleep that easily? It's one of life's great pleasures, isn't it?, to feel the pull of sleep and to allow... [read more]
Customary is NOT the same optimal when it comes to sleep. Specifically, let’s talk about a commonly repeated disclaimer, “No, I don’t sleep so well, but, hey, people always sleep less as they get older.” The defense is repeated for good reason as... [read more]
Confirming other similar results, a study released today reports on the latest efforts to investigate the usefulness of daily aspirin. Set in Japan, the study was well underway when it was curtailed for lack of clear benefit paired with serious... [read more]
An article recently published in the journal Neurology and circulated in the popular news source Journal Watch claims that B vitamin supplementation doesn't help declining cognitive function in elderly folks with elevated homocysteine. Since that... [read more]
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that among 61,000 women and 45,000 men in Sweden, those reporting high levels of milk drinking did not receive the benefits milk producers promote. (As an aside, I applaud the BMJ for... [read more]
To start with, it's October 28th, so Happy National Chocolate Day!! I can't decide, should I follow my lunch with the 80% chocolate already open, or try the new 70% chocolate with the coconut (or almond butter OR lime and sea salt) center? In... [read more]
For decades, one possibility of treating seizures in children has been the ketogenic diet. Once the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, the troublesome ketogenic diet faded to a lesser position with the advent of pharmaceutical drugs capable of... [read more]
Yes, it’s come to that: every day brings  a news story about a condition for which a low-carbohydrate diet is the most healthy diet to follow. One such news article this week is really no surprise: low carbohydrate diets recommended for... [read more]