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A Tired Surgeon Still a Good Surgeon, Study Finds

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Don't panic if your doctor worked into the wee hours of the night before he operates on you, new research suggests. The risk of death, hospital readmission or complications following surgery was no more likely if the surgeon pulled a midnight shift before a daytime operation, the Canadian study showed. "I believe what we are seeing in our study reflects self-regulation – that surgeons plan around their schedules based on their individual ability to tolerate sleep deprivation," said senior study author Dr. Nancy Baxter, surgery division chief at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Given our findings, they seem to be doing a good job of it." The study was published online Aug. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Baxter's team looked at results for almost 39,000 patients undergoing one of 12 daytime surgeries, including gallbladder removal and ... Read more

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Doctor Offers Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2015 – With the arrival of the new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, a pediatrician advises. "As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children. Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children," Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. He outlined a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. "We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier ... Read more

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Most U.S. Schools Start Too Early for Kids to Get Enough Sleep: Study

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Five out of six middle and high schools in the United States start the day too early, which keeps students from getting the sleep they need, a new government report finds. Middle and high schools should aim for a start time no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help kids get enough sleep, according to a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year. But a review of U.S. Department of Education data found that slightly less than 18 percent of public middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. The average school start time across the nation was 8:03 a.m., according to the report published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Getting enough sleep is important for students' health, safety and academic performance," said lead author Anne ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid These Things Before Bedtime

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, it could be due to your activities before you hit the hay. The National Sleep Foundation warns against: Taking medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant. If you need relief from cold or allergy symptoms, opt for an antihistamine designed for night-time use. Don't watch TV, work at a computer or use a tablet or smartphone. Light from these screens can over-stimulate your brain. Opt for a book or music instead. Don't take a hot bath just before bed. Bathe at least an hour before so your body has time to cool off before sleep. Don't go to sleep with a full belly, especially if it's loaded with foods high in fat and salt. Don't drink beverages that contain caffeine after the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours. Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Disaster

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Dealing with a disaster can be emotionally overwhelming, and everyone responds somewhat differently. The American Psychological Association says possible responses to disaster include: Emotional reactions, including moodiness, irritability and unpredictable behavior. Physical changes, including disturbed sleeping and eating patterns. Acute sensitivity to environmental factors, such as a siren or the smell of something burning. Strained personal relationships. Physical symptoms of stress, such as chest pain, headache or nausea. Read more

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Naps May Boost Worker Productivity

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests. A University of Michigan study found power naps or extended breaks during the day could ease frustration, help offset impulsive behavior and increase workplace safety. "Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remain awake for long periods of time by enhancing the ability to persevere through difficult or frustrating tasks," study author Jennifer Goldschmied, a doctoral student in the department of psychology, said in a university news release. A growing number of people do not get a full night's sleep, which can take a toll on their energy level, attention span and memory, the researchers noted. To examine how a short nap affected people's emotions, the team gave 40 people between the ages of 18 and 50 a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Curb Sleep Talking

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Talking in your sleep may not be dangerous or require treatment, but it can keep your partner awake. If you talk during sleep, the National Sleep Foundation offers these ideas to help curb your chatter: Treat any underlying health conditions, such as stress or anxiety, or a sleep disorder. Adhere to a consistent sleep and wake schedule. Avoid large meals or large amounts of alcohol before bed. Read more

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Sleep Problems May Contribute to Health Disparities in America

Posted 25 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – Undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, are common among older U.S. adults, especially among certain minority groups, a new study finds. The researchers – who looked at 2,230 men and women aged 54 to 93 – say troubled sleep may play a role in health disparities in America. Black, Chinese and Hispanic Americans were more likely than whites to have sleep problems, including nighttime breathing disruptions characteristic of sleep apnea, the study found. "As sleep apnea has been implicated as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and mortality, our findings highlight the need to consider undiagnosed sleep apnea in middle-aged and older adults, with potential value in developing strategies to screen and improve recognition in groups such as in Chinese and Hispanic populations," the study's senior author, Dr. Susan Redline, said in ... Read more

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FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with international partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday. Illegal medicines and medical devices were seized worldwide, and warnings were sent to the operators of offending websites, the FDA said in a news release. "Our efforts to protect the health of American patients by preventing the online sale of potentially dangerous illegal medical products will not cease," said George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. Counterfeit prescription drugs that claim to be generic versions of brand-name drugs that are sold illegally on the websites include generic Nolvadex, generic Meridia, generic Valium, generic Truvada and generic Advair Diskus, according to the FDA. Mail ... Read more

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Menopausal Women's Sleep May Suffer at Different Times of the Month

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – As women begin menopause, hormone fluctuations increase the risk of sleep problems during certain phases of the menstrual cycle, according to a small new study. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of 20 women in the earliest stage of menopause (perimenopause), including 11 who had difficulty sleeping at least three times a week for at least a month. The investigators found that women have more sleep disturbances just prior to menstruation than after menstruation, according to the study published June 16 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The days before they got their periods was when their progesterone levels were higher, the researchers said. "Measures of electrical brain activity found that the hormone progesterone influences sleep, even at this late reproductive stage in perimenopausal women," researcher Fiona Baker, of the Center ... Read more

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Most Physical Activity Helps You Sleep Better

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Certain types of physical activity help you sleep better, while others might leave you tossing and turning, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from a survey of more than 429,000 American adults. They found that activities such as walking, bicycling, running, weight lifting, aerobics/calisthenics, gardening, yoga/Pilates and golfing were all linked to better odds of a good night's slumber. But, people who got physical activity from household chores and child care had a greater risk of poor sleep, according to the study. Results of the study were presented this week at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Seattle. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The results of this study were surprising, according to study leader Michael Grandner, ... Read more

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Poor Sleep, Snoring Before Diagnosis Tied to Trouble for Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – Breast cancer patients who had poor sleep and frequent snoring before their cancer diagnosis appear to have lower survival rates, a new study finds. The study, which was not designed to prove cause-and-effect, included more than 18,000 cancer patients whose progress was tracked in the Women's Health Initiative study. All of the women provided information about a number of aspects of their sleep prior to their cancer diagnosis, including the amount of sleep they got, whether or not they snored, and any history of insomnia. Researchers led by Amanda Phipps, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, found that women who slept 6 hours or less per night and were frequent snorers had more than twice the odds of a poor prognosis compared to women with neither of those factors. A similar finding was seen for women with lung ... Read more

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Car Crash Risk Doubles for New Users of Sleeping Pills, Study Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Sedative sleeping pills such as Ambien can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, new research suggests. University of Washington researchers found an increased risk for crashes for people taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) or Ambien (zolpidem). That risk continued for up to a year among regular users, according to the study. "Risks associated with sleeping pills have been known for some time, though this study shows some compelling real-world consequences," said Michael Grandner, an instructor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who had no involvement with the study. Doctors, pharmacists and patients should discuss this potential risk when selecting a sleep medication, the researchers said. Concerns about Ambien have increased in recent years. To cut down on hazards linked to ... Read more

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Babies Who 'Resettle' on Their Own Get Better Sleep

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Infants who "resettle" after waking up are more likely to sleep through the night, a new study suggests. British researchers made overnight infrared video recordings of just over 100 infants when they were 5 weeks and 3 months old. This is the time when parents begin to hope their baby will sleep more and cry less at night, the researchers noted. On average, the infants' length of sleep increased from just over two hours at five weeks to 3.5 hours at three months. Only 10 percent of the infants slept continuously for 5 or more hours at five weeks, compared to 45 percent at three months. At both ages, about one-fourth of the infants awoke and resettled themselves at least once during the night. Resettling means they went back to sleep without their parents' help. Sixty-seven percent of infants who resettled themselves at five weeks slept continuously for at ... Read more

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