Medications May Not Be The Best Way To Treat Insomnia

CBS4's Elise Preston has some of the week's top health stories.

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- Now to a CBS4 health alert, medications may not be the best way to treat insomnia. And a major step is returning to life without masks. CBS4's Elise Preston has some of this week's top health stories.

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ELISE PRESTON: Fully vaccinated people are allowed to stop wearing masks outdoors, in crowds, and in most indoor settings. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, and hospitals. About 120 million people are fully vaccinated in the US.

Long-term use of prescription medications for insomnia does not appear to help middle-aged women get better quality sleep. US researchers looked at nearly 700 women over two years and found no difference in sleep quality or amount of sleep between women who took medications and those who didn't.

And, for children with recurrent ear infections, a study finds no long-term benefit to having tubes surgically placed in the eardrum. Research in "The New England Journal of Medicine" says using oral antibiotics is just as effective and avoids the risks of anesthesia and surgery. Those are some of the week's top health stories.

Elise Preston, CBS News, New York.