| Jun 26, 2010
Q. Your column saved my life (or at least made it worth living again). I have been in lisinopril hell for more than three months.
My insurance company switched me from Micardis, a blood pressure medicine that had no side effects, to lisinopril. They gave...
| Jun 14, 2010
Question: I am a middle-aged woman with a wide circle of friends. I have recently been shocked to learn how many of my friends are taking Xanax. Why is this suddenly so popular? Is there any harm in taking it?
Answer: Xanax is a member of the class of...
| Jun 4, 2010
Q: I have suffered from insomnia for many years. My doctor prescribed Ambien, but it doesn't seem to be working very well anymore. I also suspect that it affected my memory.
Now the doctor is suggesting the antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil). The side...
| Nov 5, 2010
| 4:43 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Shields is a life-long insomniac who, on average, gets one night of sleep for every 10 days he's awake.
But he surpassed that average last month when he says he went 40 days without any sleep.
"As the years have gone on and I have...
| Nov 9, 2010
| 11:57 AM
CHICAGO -- Michael Jackson's mother, father and children appeared on a pre-taped episode of Monday's "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and spoke out about the pop star, rumors of family discord and life since Jackson died a year and a half ago.
| Sep 20, 2010
| 6:29 AM
NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed her, his lawyer has notified a court....
| Sep 22, 2010
| 2:49 PM
What they are: Involuntary, intermittent, spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm, followed by a sudden closure of the epiglottis (the cartilage protecting the vocal cords), which makes the hiccup sound. They have no known function, but they...
| Jul 10, 2010
Q I started taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D a day. Six months later, I suddenly developed severe constipation. Was the constipation caused by the large dose of vitamin D?
A Vitamin D is a superstar among vitamins these days. It has become clear that low...
| Jul 28, 2010
| 7:08 PM
Orange County health officials on Wednesday urged anyone who touched a dead bat in Newport Beach or Orange to immediately contact medical experts.
Test results showed the bats had been infected with rabies.
"We want to identify anyone who's been exposed...