Wake Up and Go to Sleep

I have just returned from an all-night study of my sleep habits that should have been called an all-night study of my awake habits, because all during the study there’s no getting any sleep. You lie there as tense as death, hooked up to 17 electrodes that in turn are hooked up to electronic devices that study exactly how your body and your inner organs are doing while you are struggling to go to sleep, a struggle that keeps you …

An Old Dog Scratching at the Door

I feel like an old dog who has been wandering aimlessly through the streets of Los Angeles, and finally, worn and hungry, has decided to come home again, scratching at the door to get in. Well, I may be that weary old hound in some ways, but it has not been a joyful, or even relaxing, drift down the avenues and up the alleys. For almost three months I have been hospitalized with pneumonia, internal bleeding, a severe diabetic attack, …

Buying Arthritis Supplements Online? A Warning

Buying dietary supplements online is easy and popular, but using Reumofan, a Mexican product marketed online to relieve arthritis and joint pain, can cause dangerous side effects, including liver injury, internal bleeding, stroke and death, the government warns. The Food and Drug Administration has been issuing warnings since 2012 that this so-called “natural” supplement actually contains three powerful prescription drug ingredients, including a corticosteroid that can affect blood sugar levels and impair the body’s ability to fight off infection, and …

Return of the Tourniquet: A Lifesaver in Boston

The trusty tourniquet – used since Roman times to stem blood loss – had only a decade ago been dismissed as being risky and ineffective. But when people lay bleeding in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was this simple device that helped save lives. The Associated Press reports that rescuers used belts, shirts and other materials to quickly tie bleeding limbs to prevent major blood loss, shock and death. Doctors at Boston-area hospitals said the quick action …