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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 3 days ago by

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Boost Your Mood

Posted 9 days ago by

-- If you have an occasional case of the blues, there are things you can do to help boost your mood. The University of Minnesota suggests: Getting regular exercise, focusing on activities that promote mindfulness, such as yoga. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and limiting consumption of sweetened foods and drinks. Avoiding alcohol. Getting plenty of sleep. Finding support among your social circles and family. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Dysthymia

Sleep Apnea May Raise Risks for Angioplasty Patients

Posted 11 days ago by

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Scientists say they now have more evidence that sleep apnea might worsen heart disease. Sleep apnea leads to interrupted breathing during sleep. In their study, the researchers found that patients with the condition who had a form of the heart procedure called angioplasty were much more likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes after their procedure. The big difference held up even when the researchers adjusted their findings so they wouldn't be thrown off by factors like obesity and high blood pressure, which are common in these patients. While the study did not prove sleep apnea caused heart disease to worsen, the authors think the first one probably exacerbates the second one. "For cardiologists inserting stents for coronary artery disease, it is important to screen the patients for obstructive sleep apnea," said study author Dr. Lee Chi-Hang. "And patients ... Read more

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Young Children With Sleep Apnea May Face Learning Difficulties: Study

Posted 11 days ago by

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Sleep apnea in young children may affect youngsters' attention, memory and language development, a new study suggests. The researchers added that as sleep apnea worsens, the risk of these problems also may increase. "Although evidence suggesting the presence of cognitive deficits in children with sleep apnea has been around for quite some time, the relatively small groups studied made it difficult to demonstrate a strong relationship between increasing cognitive issues and increasing sleep apnea severity," said Dr. Leila Gozal, from the University of Chicago. Sleep apnea causes people to experience repetitive pauses in breathing while they sleep. This causes oxygen levels to drop temporarily, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. While the new study with children did not prove cause-and-effect, previous research has shown that sleep ... Read more

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Don't Blame Kids' Behavior on Full Moon

Posted 15 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Many parents swear their children's behavior changes when the moon is full, but new research suggests otherwise. "Our study provides compelling evidence that the moon does not seem to influence people's behavior," said Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput, from the Eastern Ontario Research Institute, in Canada. To investigate possible effects of lunar cycles on human behavior, the researchers focused on those most vulnerable to changes in behavior and sleep habits: children. In all, the study involved more than 5,800 kids from five continents. "We considered that performing this research on children would be particularly more relevant because they are more amenable to behavior changes than adults and their sleep needs are greater than adults," said Chaput. The children were from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The researchers considered their age, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep Well During Travel

Posted 18 days ago by

-- Traveling for work or pleasure shouldn't involve sleepless nights. While on the road, the National Sleep Foundation suggests you pack: A non-backlit E-reader to help you read, relax and wind down. An eye mask to help block out light. A comfortable pair of earplugs. Or use a pair of noise-canceling headphones. A C-shaped neck pillow made of memory foam to support your head and neck. A travel-sized white noise machine. Read more

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Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask

Posted 3 May 2016 by

-- Bright light can interrupt sleep quickly, so many people use a sleep mask. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to choose the right one: Consider whether you need a sleep mask that provides total blackout, or one that provides darker conditions in a room that's already fairly dark. Look for a mask that fits across the bridge of the nose. Invest in a quality mask with a nose flap to help block more light and provide a better fit. Opt for a mask with cavities that alleviate pressure around your eyes. Find the right fabric that feels comfortable, is easy to wash and doesn't trigger allergies. Read more

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Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Posted 3 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – People with long-term sleep troubles should turn to a form of psychotherapy to reboot normal sleeping patterns before trying sleeping pills, the American College of Physicians recommends. Specifically, people with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the experts said. This treatment combines talk therapy, behavioral interventions and education. If CBT doesn't work, patients and their doctors should then decide together whether to add drug therapy, the new guidelines said. "We know chronic insomnia is a real problem that patients present within our [doctors'] offices," said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). "We want to get away from the overtendency to prescribe sleep medications, and clearly CBT can be a very nice tool in the toolkit." Up to 10 percent of adults are affected by insomnia, defined as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleepless on Sunday

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by

-- If you're tossing and turning on Sunday night in anticipation of the week ahead, you're not alone. Experts say it's when the fewest people get a good night's rest. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions for improving your Sunday night respite: Go to bed at the same time on weekends as during the week, which will help your body get used to the schedule. Wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. Indulge in a short afternoon nap if you need it. Make Sunday night a fun night with an activity you look forward to, such as a special dinner. Prepare for Sunday night sleep throughout the day, getting exercise early in the day and cutting out caffeine and nicotine at least six hours before bed. Start turning down the lights as soon as dusk sets in. Before bed, take a warm bath, have a mug of warm tea and read a good book to promote relaxation. Read more

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Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Many people who suffer a traumatic brain injury struggle with sleep problems they may not be aware of, Swiss researchers report. These patients also can suffer daytime sleepiness for as long as 18 months after their injury, the small study found. And these sleep problems may adversely affect daytime performance at work or school, the researchers said. "Sleep-wake disorders are highly prevalent after traumatic brain injury of any severity but are difficult to diagnose because many affected patients are unaware of their disorder," said lead researcher Dr. Lukas Imbach. It's not known why sleep problems in traumatic brain injury patients are underestimated, he said. Every year in the United States, 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury, and evidence suggests that number is rising worldwide, the researchers said. Sleep problems are known to be ... Read more

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While Travelers Sleep, Brain Patrols for Danger

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – When you sleep in a new place, a part of your brain remains alert for potential threats, a new study finds. The findings might help explain why many people sleep poorly on their first night in a hotel, a sleep laboratory or other new location. "In Japan they say, 'if you change your pillow, you can't sleep,' " study corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University in Rhode Island, said in a university news release. "You don't sleep very well in a new place. We all know about it." The researchers measured brain activity in 35 people over two nights of slumber in a sleep lab, a week apart. Among all the participants on the first night, one particular network in the brain's left hemisphere showed greater activity than in the right hemisphere during a deep sleep phase called ... Read more

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Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by

-- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Quickly go to your child's room and offer reassurance that you are there for protection. Talk to your child about what happened during the dream, but explain that dreams are not real. Leave a light on in your child's room if it provides comfort, but help your child get back to sleep. If possible, eliminate anything in the room that your child finds frightening, such as something that casts a shadow. Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by

-- Beauty sleep is real. When you're rested, you usually look and feel better. The National Sleep Foundation says good sleep: Gives your body a chance to release growth hormone, which helps restore damage done during everyday activities. Allows your body to send more fluids where needed. Helps prevent release of stress hormones. Helps lower your risk of depression. Read more

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Mom Was Right: A Good Night's Sleep Helps Keep You Healthy

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – In news that's sure to have mothers everywhere saying, "I told you so," scientists have confirmed that a good night's sleep may keep colds and other infections at bay. The odds that someone who sleeps five or fewer hours a night had caught a cold in the past month were 28 percent higher than for folks who regularly get more shuteye, the study found. And for other infections – including flu, ear infections and pneumonia – short sleepers had more than 80 percent higher odds of having an infection in the past month compared to those sleeping seven or eight hours, the study said. "People who sleep five or fewer hours on average are at substantially increased risk for both colds whether head or chest or other infections, compared to people who sleep seven to eight hours on average," said study researcher Aric Prather. He's an assistant professor of psychology at ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Influenza, Cold Symptoms, Sleep Apnea, Sore Throat, Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Better Sleep May Boost Young Students' Grades

Posted 8 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – Improving elementary school students' sleep habits might give their grades a boost, new research suggests. The study included 74 children in Montreal, aged 7 to 11, who were enrolled in a six-week school program to improve their sleep habits. An average increase of about 18 minutes of sleep each night led to significant improvements in report card grades, especially in English and math, according to the study published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine. The findings show that small, cumulative increases in children's sleep may lead to better marks at school, lead researcher Reut Gruber, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, said in a university news release. The researchers said parents should ensure children get enough sleep every night and that schools need to find ways to include sleep education programs in their health curriculum. More ... Read more

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