There is a new device that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of insomnia. At present there are 55 million Americans who experience insomnia. The was the inspiration of Eric Nofzinger, MD a sleep physician. The frontal cortex of a person with insomnia stays active not allowing the person to have a night of sound sleep. By cooling the forehead, the symptoms of a racing mind are greatly diminished allowing for a more restorative sleep. The device is controlled by software which pumps cooling fluid to a pad which lies on the person’s forehead. More then 230 patients were studied over 3800 research nights in randomized locations throughout the US. All saw improvement in their sleep patterns within 30 days. There are 9 million adults that take sleeping pills to help with insomnia. Using this method would greatly reduce the dependance on medication.
The use of antibiotics in some cases of appendicitis may be effective enough to prevent surgery. A study followed 256 patients for five years after they had been administered antibiotics for uncomplicated appendicitis. That is, patients whose appendix had not ruptured, there was no low white blood count and there was no fecal blockage. The results which were published in JAMA showed 60% of the patients never needed surgery. 70 needed surgery in one year but did not have any life threatening outcomes because of the delay. Of those the decision to operate was made by the physician. It should be discussed with your doctor whether a case of inflammation of the Appendix should first be treated with antibiotics.