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Insomnia: How to improve sleep habits

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Restless legs syndrome is among a host of factors that contribute to insomnia. Nationally, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, approximately 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders that result in more than 5,000 car crashes and a loss of productivity totaling nearly $50 billion annually. A related disorder – sleep apnea (temporary cessation of breathing while asleep) – affects 12 million to 18 million Americans.


How to find drug information in print and on the Internet

Before taking any medicine, over-the-counter or prescription, you may have questions – about how it will help, how to take it, potential side effects and ways to avoid complications. Should you take it with meals or on an empty stomach? Will it make you sleepy or unable to sleep? Which side effects are serious and which will go away in time?


ECH launches defibrillator locator app

El Camino Hospital earlier this month launched the PulsePoint AED (automated external defibrillator) app, designed to build the most comprehensive registry of public AEDs available during sudden cardiac emergencies.

Santa Clara County is the first to roll out the new app – a collaborative effort by the hospital and the San Francisco-based PulsePoint Foundation. The app is available for free download from the iTunes Store and Google Play.


"Pollen vortex" prompts painful allergy season

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Spring blossoms coupled with the short rainy season portend bad news for allergy sufferers. Products like the neti pot can provide temporary relief from allergy symptoms.

If you think it’s a tougher allergy season than usual, you’re right.


Physical therapy: An aid in headache relief

courtesy of Kim Gladfelter
Physical therapists can reduce the recurrence of some headaches by relieving nerve pressure in the neck.

All of us get headaches from time to time, and the pain from most resolves quickly without much thought. However, severe headaches that recur frequently can inhibit your lifestyle. Physical therapy can effectively manage many types of headaches, allowing you to return to the activities you enjoy.


New Propel method speeds up orthodontic treatments

courtesy of Dr. David R. Boschken
The Propel technique accelerates a patient’s orthodontic treatment with no recovery time required.

There are myriad reasons why people choose not to straighten their teeth, including financial considerations, fear of painful treatments and their age.

However, with all the new advances in orthodontic technology – impression-free scanning, invisible braces and self-ligating braces – there are now more options for teens and adults alike.


Are e-cigarettes the answer to quitting?

Some say that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things a person can do. A recent trend and apparent beacon of hope for smoking cessation is the e-cigarette, but there are many unanswered questions about these products. Can they really help you quit smoking? Are they safe? Are they addictive?


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