Many people find it challenging to get a good night’s sleep either because they have problems falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. While many effective medications on the market to promote sleep might seem like a dream come true, misuse of such medication — whether accidental or intentional — can have nightmarish consequences.
Ask five people who have multiple sclerosis to list their top symptoms, and you are likely to get five different answers. Commonly known as MS, multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
A new device currently being studied at select hospitals across the country may eliminate the need for blood thinning medications in some patients who have a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation (“AF”). The most common cause of irregular heartbeat, AF affects more than two million people in the United States.
Just a few years ago, heart surgery often meant a large incision from chest to abdomen, hours of surgery, considerable risks and a week or two in the hospital followed by a long, difficult recovery. In recent years, however, technological advancements have come into the mainstream, offering many patients less-invasive, more successful treatments for heart problems.
Last year, California had the largest outbreak of whooping cough cases since 1947; more than 9,100 cases were reported, including 10 infants who died from the disease. While whooping cough has traditionally been considered a childhood illness, more than half of those cases involved adults and adolescents.
By Bradley Schnierow, MD Contributor This coming Sunday morning (Nov. 7), all of us stand to gain an extra hour of sleep as we “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. While an extra hour of sleep is always welcomed (and encouraged by sleep physicians such as myself), it is a mere drop [...]