How to Get Off Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills increase mortality, worsen memory, aid accidents and are more popular than ever. Shouldn't there be a clear way to get off of them?

Lifestyle in a Can

Energy drinks bring hope and hype. They may not bring health.

Trouble With Generics

Are all generics the same? Do different binding agents, dissolution formulas, packaging and absorption make a difference? You bet. Now change the generic month by month or quarter by quarter - which pharmacy benefit companies have been doing. Welcome to the new problems of generic drugs.

Winter Kills

Is winter more than the season of discontent? From Arizona to Maine, winter means more mortality. Why?

Are Energy Drinks Safe?

Caffeine can prove a useful drug. It's what you add that may cause real problems.

Can Carbon Dioxide Make Us Stupid?

We know carbon dioxide is changing the climate—but is it also changing our ability to think?

New Ways to Combat Cancer

New ways of thinking about cancer can both prevent and treat it.

Why Did I Get Sick?

Having a narrative of how you get ill can point the way to getting well.

Fake Drugs, Fake Food, Fake Everything

Why are there so many fakes? And how can we fix the mess?

This New Age of Anxiety

The truth about times like these is that there have always been times like these.

So Who's Using All Those Sleeping Pills?

Sleeping pill use is burgeoning — particularly among those never prescribed them. And many don't know what they're getting into.

Are You The Figment of Someone's Imagination?

What if "The Matrix" was correct?

Simple Ways to Live Longer

Want to add four years of life at age 85? And much more than that if you're younger?

Energy Drinks: What Do They Really Do?

Do energy drinks provide energy — or ultimately its opposite?

Rebuilding American Greatness: One Dollar = One Vote

Power Week might just become the greatest media event ever.

Where's the Guilt?

Heads I win—tails you lose.

Hear Me Now—It's Time to Protect Your Ears

Health enhances with a sound sound environment.

Can Body Clocks Make You Fat?

Time of day changes performance, mood, interpersonal skill—and whether or not you get fat.

Hospital Costs and You—Making the Surreal Real

Even comedians can't keep up with the realities of American health care.

Is Chocolate Healthy?

Is chocolate the health food of the future—or is that another mirage?

Nobody Here But Us Chickens

Antibiotic resistance is growing, and represents a threat to the health of the entire population. Yet the U.S. gives 80% of its antibiotics to animals, while much of the rest of world has banned such use. What's happening to our chickens could happen to us.

Chemical Chicken?

Thousands of chemicals routinely appear in our food and water supply. What is unusual is how many are put there intentionally.

Does Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

The Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical publications, has just published a series of articles on aspirin and the prevention of cancer. The one getting the most international attention is a "meta-analysis" by Professor Martin Rothwell of Oxford and his team, looking at many studies pooled and analyzed as a unit.

Why More Kids Are Undergoing Adult Dental Procedures

Building new operating suites is again a growth item—for little kids' dental problems. Parents who don't brush and kids who snack on sugar are causing 2-year-olds to get crowns—even root canals. It's just another example of turning to expensive treatment rather than inexpensive prevention. And teeth are really important for health—all through your life.

Walk, Don't Stroll

The Book of Common Prayer speaks of "the quick and the dead." But just how fast do you need to be to stay among the former?

Why We Won't See "The End of Illness"

Real health is much more than the absence of disease—it's physical, mental, social, and spiritual well being. That should be the real goal of public health—and medical care.

Waking Up to "Awake"

In dreams begin realities.

Salted to Death? Here's How to Control It

The CDC has just put out a report that Americans take in perhaps 50 times the amount of salt we need—and from some unexpected sources. Yet salt's deleterious effects on the population are very controllable.

Why Americans Didn't Notice How the British Cut Heart Attack Deaths in Half

Heart attacks are still the most common single form of death. Heart attack deaths decreased by more than 50% from 2002-2010—in Britain. Did you hear about it? And how well are we doing here?

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease, Regenerating Your Body

New research understanding how Alzheimer's spreads in the brain are a long way from clinical utility. The costs of Alzheimer's are exploding—and we have to do something now.