Sleeping Pill Dangers
A new study conducted over a two-and-a-half-year period found that patients who were prescribed sleeping pills for insomnia had almost a five times higher risk of premature death, and higher doses of sleep aides were also associated with an increased risk of cancer. The Doctors weigh in on the shocking statistics.
“Forty million Americans say they’re not sleeping well, and we know how important a good night’s sleep is to your health,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.
People can quickly become dependent on sleeping pills, causing adverse health effects and worsening the initial symptoms.
“If you become dependent on these pills, rebound insomnia can happen,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Sleep [becomes] harder than it was before you ever began the medications.
“If you’re having terrible sleep, you really need to look at the factors [as to] why. You really shouldn’t use sleep meds more than a few times a week and more than a few weeks at a time.
“Certainly discuss this with your doctor, because there is a place for them,” Dr. Travis adds. “But the place is not every night for the rest of your life.”
- Get tips for a better night’s sleep from Dr. Michael Breus, "The Sleep Doctor."
Ganglion Cyst Removal
A ganglion cyst is a common, benign cyst that usually forms on tendons or joints of the wrists and hands. Tanya, 28, has been experiencing chronic pain for three years due to a ganglion cyst on her wrist. Dr. Ordon and Dr. Ablon aspirate and drain Tanya's cyst in a simple, in-office procedure.
Is a bad cold keeping you up at night? An Australian study monitored 300 asthmatic patients to see the effect of a new antiviral compound called Vapendavir. The drug was found to diminish the duration of symptoms associated with rhinovirus, the cause of most common colds.
More studies on Vapendavir are being conducted to determine side effects and whether the drug will eventually become available in prescription or over-the-counter form.
"When we get a cold, we're miserable and it's kind of annoying for a couple of days," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "But in people with underlying conditions, like asthmatics, a cold can put them in the hospital [and] can be life-threatening, so this is a really good breakthrough."
"If there's an over-the-counter medicine that you know is safe for you, those are options," Dr. Travis says. "It's not going to cure the cold [but] it may just improve your symptoms."
"Gargling with salt water three times a day can cut down your chances of getting a cold in the first place by 40 percent," Dr. Sears adds.
Increase Your Intimacy
Moll Anderson, lifestyle expert and author of The Seductive Home, joins The Doctors to reveal ways to improve the intimacy in both your home and your relationship.