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Sleeping Pills Get Black Box Warning

Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders or insomnia — and many in that shuteye-deprived cohort rely on sleeping pills to help them fall and stay asleep. Unfortunately, sleeping pills can have many side effects, ranging from constipation and headaches to sleepwalking and daytime drowsiness. On Tuesday, the FDA took…

1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids Despite Warnings

Despite warnings to the contrary, about 1 in 3 seniors takes a sleeping aid, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. The survey, sponsored by U-M’s medical center and AARP, found that while one-third of older adults takes sleeping medications, many…

Anxiety and sleeping pills ‘linked to dementia’

A study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that past benzodiazepine use for 3 months or more was linked to a 51% increased risk of dementia. The study involved about 2,000 cases of Alzheimer’s disease in adults aged over 66 who had been prescribed benzodiazepine, the main ingredient in…

Project Deceptive? Lunesta Claims Short of Reality

The media frenzy around the Kerry Kennedy trial reminded me of a conversation that my husband and I had a short time ago. We had seen a 15-second advertising spot at least a dozen times in the past couple of weeks before my husband finally asked, “What is Project Luna?”…