Health: Sleeping-Pill Puzzler

Every once in a while, a story about a bizarre pharmaceutical side effect races through the media like a brush fire on a dry, windy day. This time the blaze is coming from the hot-selling sleeping pill called Ambien and its apparent ability to compel some users to eat voraciously in their sleep. Never mind the fact that this particular side effect is seemingly rare--or that it was first reported four years ago. Thousands of sleep-deprived Americans are now wondering if Ambien could turn them into mega-munching zombies.

The news, such as it is, is that researchers at a Minnesota sleep-disorders...

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