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Gayle Greene
Gayle Greene’s most recent book, Insomnia, is a first-person account of living with insomnia which is also a scientific investigation of the research. (University of California Press; Little Brown in U.K.). She teaches at Scripps College, Claremont, California. After publishing several books and dozens of articles on literature, her interests moved to health and science issues. In 1999, she published The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation, a biography of pioneering British radiation epidemiologist and anti-nuclear guru Alice Stewart.

Entries by Gayle Greene


(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:18 PM

For years, I mean years, I'd see faces as I drifted off to sleep, faces contorted in agony, twisted in pain, mouths open as in a scream, the images morphing into one another in swift succession, women with wild eyes and streaming hair, men, children, too, their features vivid, no...

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Airport Body Scanners: More Radiation Than You Think?

(38) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Late last year, the American Pilots Association persuaded the TSA to allow pilots exemption from screening by full-body scanners. Captain Dave Bates, president of the association, argued that pilots "experience significantly higher exposure than most other occupations, and there is mounting evidence of higher-than-average cancer rates as a consequence." (1)

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Speed Bumps: Slowing Down Today's Youth

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 1:49 PM

How'd everybody get so busy? It feels like the fast-forward button's stuck on, like the treadmill's been turned up.

I recently gave my students at Scripps College an assignment to act out scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and they were unable to find a time outside class to rehearse....

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The Power and Purpose of Dreams

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 1:19 PM

Arianna's challenge to make sleep a priority inspired a lively and much-needed discussion. When I wrote Insomniac, I felt like a lone voice decrying the dangers of sleep deprivation, and the toll sleep loss takes on our minds, bodies and moods. As any insomniac...

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How to Get the Sleep you Need: An Argument with the Experts

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 2:49 AM

Those of us who have trouble sleeping get tired of hearing the same old advice, the same half dozen rules we read everywhere. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and big meals late at night. Don't exercise or engage in stimulating activities near bedtime, such as reading or watching TV in bed. Try...

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To Med or Not to Med

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 12:41 PM

If you're in the sleep medication business, these are not bad times economically: sales of sleep meds are up. But if you're a person facing the question, to med or not to med, you may be confused. Advertising assures us that there's little danger from sleep meds, but the scare...

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