Mind and Body Health

Podcast: Be Smart About Sleep Aids

Sleep can be elusive. On some nights, we easily cozy up with it. On others, it may linger frustratingly out of reach. Struggling for some shuteye may entice you to try a sleep aid. Used properly, sleep aids can help. But they aren’t without risks.

Podcast: Do Ultrasonic Bug Repellent Devices Work?

Many people detest bugs, especially when they find them in their homes. Keeping bugs at bay may prompt you to try just about anything—maybe even ultrasonic bug repellent devices. But do they work?

Podcast: Are Multivitamins Worth the Cost?

A pill packed with lots of nutrients—a multivitamin—may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you’re already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat.

Podcast: The Total-Body Toll of Obesity

Many Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Canc

Podcast: E-Cigarettes: A Safer Source of Nicotine?

Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it can entail herculean efforts. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and constant cravings for a cigarette cause many smokers to quit on quitting.

Podcast: Protecting Older Family Members from Financial Abuse

It can be hard to discuss money matters with older family members. Many of us may prefer to avoid such a sticky subject entirely. This reluctance can make it easy to overlook a potentially serious problem: financial abuse.

Podcast: Americans Need to Learn More about Antibiotics

Do antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you've got good company. A recent poll found that many Americans don’t know enough about antibiotics and their proper use.

Podcast: Cancer Risk Higher with Mental Illness

People who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear to have more than a two-fold higher risk for cancer.

Podcast: Large Jump in Imaging Scans Since 1996

Many more CT and MRI scans are done these days, greatly boosting the amount of radiation that patients receive and raising questions about overuse of these imaging methods, a new analysis concludes.