Little Sleep Turns into Big Problems on the Road

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7314712df0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (PHILADELPHIA) -- There’s yet another reason why it’s important to get enough shut eye each night -- one that could literally be a lifesaver. A study out of the University of Pennsylvania’s med school says that less than six hours of sleep is a major contributor to drowsy driving, which is responsible for 15 to 33 percent of all fatal car accidents in the U.S.

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Antibiotics No Cure-All for Sore Throats or Bronchitis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_30afef7547.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BOSTON) -- If you can’t quit getting sick, at least quit taking antibiotics for illnesses they can’t cure. In reality, Dr. Jeffrey Linder of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says it’s the fault of physicians for overprescribing antibiotics for patients with sore throats and bronchitis, claiming the drug is clearly not effective in treating these conditions.

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You Can Compare Plans Before Signing Up for Obamacare

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_55dd046ce3.jpgKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Now that the new health care exchanges are online, eligible Americans can compare health insurance plans -- things like premiums, coverage and deductables. It's something the Kaiser Family Foundation's Dr. Karen Pollitz says will help people decide how much they want to spend. "So consumers will be, I think in a better position to compare and select health plans based on the value of protection that they're offering," she says.

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Dangerous Bed Sharing with Infants on the Rise

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_f95f8f5d18.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Many parents in the U.S. seem not to have gotten the message that sleeping in the same bed with an infant is a recipe for tragedy. According to a survey by the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the percentage of infants sharing a bed with a caregiver has jumped from 6.5 percent 20 years ago to 13.5 percent in 2010.

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College Freshmen Losing Sleep over Texts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_1ad6b0250b.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teens aren’t about to give up using their cellphones once they get into college although a new study suggests they may want to start cutting back some on texting. According to researchers at Washington and Lee University, more freshmen are experiencing sleep problems, which they contend might have to do with their texting habits.

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