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Do you recycle light bulbs, bags and bottles? Do you compost and grow a garden? Do you donate used electronics? Are consignment shops and flea markets your destination for shopping?  Share your stories and tips for an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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Eat homemade chicken soup or a hot toddie to get rid of a cold. Use baking soda or peroxide to whiten your teeth. Sleep with a bar of soap to calm leg cramps. Submit a comment below to share your home remedies. Also, view a U.S. News & World Report slideshow featuring tips from internist Wendy Bennett of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on "old-school cold remedies that really work."

 

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How can you get more zzz’s? What are the consequences of inadequate rest or too much sleep? Learn the facts and myths about sleep and sleep disorders from Charlene Gamaldo, medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital. Submit a question below and check throughout the day for Dr. Gamaldo's responses.

How much sleep should I get each night?

Most individuals require roughly to 7.5 to 8.5 hours, which is much less than most adults in America are actually getting.

What lifestyle changes can I make If I have a problem getting to sleep?

Before you look into problems with sleep, think about simple and modifiable behaviors or activities that may be inhibiting your ability to get a good nights sleep.. This might be activities such as watching TV too late and close to your bedtime, new eating patterns or looking at your Nook or iPad too close to bedtime. Any recent changes, e.g. in medication, also might be an issue.

Once you’ve ruled those types of patterns out, then it is worth discussing with your doctor the possibility of an underlying sleep disorder.

What are the most common sleep disorders?

We’re becoming a more sleep deprived society. In last 10 years we have shaved off 30 minutes from our routine sleep schedule. Chronic insufficient sleep, which is not getting enough sleep, is the most common.

Next most common is insomnia, which is any difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep or waking up feeling unrested that is also associated with problems functioning during the day.

Another disorder covers issues with breathing during sleep, e.g. sleep apnea or discomfort that results in difficulty initiating sleep such as Restless Legs Syndrome also known as Willis Ekbom Disease.

Finally disorders associated with your internal sleep clock being out of sync with your personal or occupational schedule are circadian rhythm disorders. Examples are e.g. jet lag, shift work disorder, night owl tendencies, early bird tendencies.

It’s never too soon to talk to your primary care physician first. Then if the problem is more urgent you can see a sleep specialist for more specialized care.

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Who remembers when phone numbers included letters, e.g. RI4-2295, when milk was delivered to your front door and when the main way you looked up phone numbers was in the 10-pound Yellow Pages phone book from Ma Bell? Share your memories of everyday life.

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Did you marvel at your first perfectly-roasted turkey or ham, or did you try out an unconventional menu? Did you enjoy spending time with a child, parent or other relative that you hadn't seen in years? Did you hit the malls for a bargain, or did you have to work (and maybe actually didn't mind)? Share what the highlight was of your Thanksgiving or Hanukkah. Feel free to post a photo.

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For some, summer is a time to catch up on your reading list, enjoy some gardening or take a dip in the community pool. For others, summer is a time to take a family road trip or beach vacation. How are you spending the dog days of the season? Feel free to post a photo that shows the joy (or dread) of summer.

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U.S. News & World Report ranked The Johns Hopkins Hospital as the #1 hospital in the nation, and five of our adult medical specialties ranked #1 in the nation! JHH also ranked #1 in all specialties in Maryland and #1 in all specialties in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital were recognized for achieving high performance in their respective regions in a number of specialties. This honor is because of the innovative, compassionate way that our nurses, physicians, researchers, staff and trainees deliver the promise of medicine. Leave a comment about the special people of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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