The FDA has been under a lot of pressure to do something about the diabetes drug Avandia. It has been linked to a higher risk of death from heart attack, just what people with diabetes need to avoid. Is the decision this week to restrict access to Avandia a wimp-out, or is it the most responsible decision?
Bedbugs have made a strong resurgence in this country, after decades of not being a problem. What do you need to know about these pests?
Too many Americans skimp on sleep, and even more are cheating on their rest. What are the consequences? How can you overcome insomnia and the 3 am wake-up?
Explore the stories behind the health headlines.
Guests: Coby Schal, PhD, is the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University. The photo is of Dr. Schal. Websites for more information: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/schal_lab/
http://www.bedbugcentral.com/
Matthew Edlund, MD, MOH, runs the Center for Circadian Medicine and the Gulf Coast Sleep Institute in Sarasota, FL. His books include The Power of Rest, The Body Clock Advantage, and Designed to Last.
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  1. LNP
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    I’m an entomologist and immunologist who has the misfortune of having severe allergic reactions to bed bugs. I found out that bed bugs got into my apartment less than 2 weeks ago when I developed really strong reactions. I had to hire a trained dog and it confirmed that I have bed bugs although I haven’t seen one in my apartment yet. As a scientist I started investigating and it turns out that some bed bugs are even resistant to DDT, so this is not a viable option.

  2. RTGP
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    An excellent program with good, sensible and practical advice. He is clearly a caring doctor.

  3. JG
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    The program with Dr. Edland was very informative.
    I have been on Zolpiden for many years and it does give me 5 hours of sleep. And yes, I do take a 5 or 10 minute nap when it is possible.
    I have been through a “sleep study” and no, I do not snore and do not need the C cap.
    What is his advice on how to “get off” it?
    Thank you.

  4. kathy c
    Reply

    excellent! Not often you find a doctor so concerned about people and not profit!!!

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