Entries by Brian McIntyre

Sleep Drunkenness

Could you be suffering from “sleep drunkenness?” Researchers at Stanford University believe that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from a sleep condition known as confusional arousal or more commonly as “sleep drunkenness.” According to science.blog,com, as many as 36 million Americans experience this potentially problematic sleep condition, in which they are awakened […]

E-Cigs and Your Kids

There is more troubling news about “e-cigs.” The American Heart Association says e-cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and that the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigs to young people, According to a story from Health Day News, a new American Heart Association policy […]

Feds Cracking Down on Vicodin Addiction

The feds are worried about Vicodin addiction, and they’re cracking down. According to the LA Times, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is putting tighter controls on the nation’s most widely prescribed narcotic painkiller.  That’s because in recent years, the drug has led to a virtual epidemic of addiction, overdose and death. The DEA is issuing […]

Pushing Back Morning Start Time

Now that school has started, are your teenagers complaining about having to get up so EARLY for their first class of the day? Well, America’s pediatricians may be on their side.   According to Fox News, the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. […]

Red Flags of Bullying

Has your child ever been BULLIED? If so, what should you do?   This week I’m responding to some common questions that parents ask about bullying. Here’s one:   “Dr. Dr. Bill, I’ve heard that some kids won’t tell their parents or a teacher that they are being bullied.   Is that true?”   Yes, many […]

Causes of Being a Bully & Being Bullied

With school starting up again, one of the things that may on some parents’ minds is the incidence of bullying in the public schools (and even in some Christian schools!). Given that, I thought I’d respond to a few common questions about bullying. I’m often asked “what causes a child to bully other kids? We […]

Sleep Trouble

Why do many older people have trouble sleeping? It could be due to a loss of brain cells. New research suggests that the loss of brain cells that act as a “sleep switch” may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep. In fact, in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, sleep disruption […]