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Yoga May Bring Better Sleep to Breast Cancer Patients

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – A certain type of yoga may provide lasting benefits for breast cancer patients who have trouble sleeping, researchers report. The study included 227 women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer who were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group practiced Tibetan yoga at least twice a week, another group did a simple stretching program, and the third group received usual care (the "control" group). The study participants were assessed one week after the end of the program, and the researchers followed up with them at three, six and 12 months later. Women in the yoga group reported fewer sleep problems and less daytime drowsiness over the long term than those in the other two groups, the researchers said. Sleep problems and fatigue are common among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, said study author Lorenzo Cohen. He is director of the ... Read more

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Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks – but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. The study – a large clinical trial involving more than 45,000 blood donors – was set up to answer a critical question: Do frequent donors suffer ill health effects? The answer, researchers found, was "nuanced." There was no evidence that frequent donations caused "major adverse effects," such as draining donors' physical energy, dimming their mental sharpness or harming their general quality of life. "Frequent," in this trial, meant every eight weeks for men and every 12 weeks for women, over ... Read more

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When Moms Don't Sleep Well, Neither Do Their Kids

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – If mom is an insomniac, her kids are likely to be poor sleepers, too. New research finds that children whose mothers have trouble sleeping fall asleep later, don't stay asleep as long and spend less time in deep slumber. "These findings are important because sleep in childhood is essential for well-being and development," said study leader Sakari Lemola, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in England. Poor sleep could take a toll on kids' mental and physical health and cause trouble with memory, learning and overall school performance, researchers said. For the study, Lemola's team used in-home electroencephalography (EEG) to assess the sleep quality of nearly 200 children ages 7 to 12 and that of their parents. This test records electrical activity in the brain, allowing researchers to pinpoint various stages of sleep. Parents ... Read more

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Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Sometimes, being too invested in just one sport may not be the best idea, new research shows. The study found that teen girls who focus only on one sport – in this case, soccer – tended to have more stress and poorer sleep than girls who also played other sports. The study couldn't definitively "answer whether sport specialization itself interferes with a youth athlete's sleep and well-being," said study lead author Dr. Drew Watson. However, "it does suggest there are differences between single and multi-sport youth athletes," he said. Those differences "could affect injury risk, performance or lifelong athletic participation," added Watson. He's assistant professor in orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. The small study followed 49 female soccer players for a four-month soccer season. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

-- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't drink alcohol and drive. Get enough sleep and take periodic breaks to avoid fatigue. Don't use a cell phone while driving, either to text or make a call. Read more

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It's Time to Kick Fido Out -- of Bed, That Is

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – It's time to reclaim your bed and send your pets packing – at least at night. Your sleep may be more compromised if your dog is in your bed, though this is not the case if Fido is simply in your bedroom, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic. "The question is, where do the animals sleep, and does it affect the human?" explained study author Dr. Lois Krahn of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. "I found there are all sorts of different patterns. Most people are pretty loyal and accept their pet. They don't want to complain about their pet bothering them at night. And, my belief is, more people have more than one pet and that just multiplies the possibility for there being a problem," said Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist. The small study focused on 40 pet owners with a single dog in their bedroom. The researchers evaluated the amount of sleep and wake times ... Read more

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Daydreaming Behind the Wheel

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Many people catch themselves daydreaming, but new research reveals it often happens when they're behind the wheel of a car. Researchers analyzed the brain activity of volunteers during a driving simulation to determine how often their minds wandered. The investigators also looked for specific brain patterns that would indicate when this daydreaming occurred. During the simulation, the participants were hooked up to a monitoring system that measured electrical activity in their brains. The volunteers completed two 20-minute driving simulations each day for five consecutive days. The simulations weren't set up to be thrilling or technically challenging. Instead, they mimicked a typical steady commute to and from work along a boring stretch of highway. Between the two sessions, the drivers took a written test to duplicate the mental drain that would occur on a ... Read more

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Can a Digital Doctor Help You Sleep?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – If you've been having trouble getting some sleep, a new online therapy program may help ease your insomnia, a new study says. The online program also reduced patients' rates of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations, the study found. "Getting our shut-eye can help improve psychological health. Sleeping well can help shift our blues, reduce our fears, and make us happier," said lead author Daniel Freeman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford in England. The online program is called "Sleepio." It's an interactive digital cognitive behavioral therapy program that participants could access online. The study included more than 3,700 insomnia patients in the United Kingdom. About half were assigned to Sleepio. The others received no treatment and acted as a control group. The 10-week treatment program ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Paranoid Disorder

Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women in Middle Age

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows. The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that close to 20 percent of all women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week. Sleep troubles were even more likely if the woman was in the years where she's transitioning into menopause ("perimenopause"). Among these women, more than half (56 percent) said they typically got less than the seven hours of sleep per night that experts deem restful and healthy. Even after menopause, sleep woes lingered: nearly 36 percent of postmenopausal women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble staying asleep through the night. None of this should surprise any woman who's gone through menopause, said one expert who reviewed the study. Sleeplessness in this ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kids and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There's a direct link between lack of sleep and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, recent research indicates. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who slept one hour less than recommended per night had several markers for diabetes: higher blood glucose, higher insulin resistance and increased body weight. Reducing these factors may lessen a person's chances of developing type 2 diabetes in later life, the researchers found. Read more

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Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Delaying the start of the school day until 8:30 a.m. and letting students sleep a little longer would contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within 10 years, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. It's estimated that 82 percent of middle and high schools begin earlier than 8:30 a.m., with an average start time of 8:03 a.m., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pediatric health experts argue that school days should start at 8:30 a.m. or later due to teen-wake schedules, the study authors explained. Up to 60 percent of teens don't get the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night. Poor sleep among young people has been associated with worse mental and physical health, problems with concentration and academic success, and thoughts of suicide, the researchers said. Taking a long-term financial approach to the ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Do No Favors for Your Heart

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Poor sleep won't simply leave you bleary-eyed. It's also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests. "Poor sleep" includes too short or too long sleep, difficulty falling asleep and difficulty maintaining sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Nobuo Sasaki. "Poor sleep is associated with cardiovascular diseases ... but the kind of sleep disturbances that are most risky is not well documented," said Sasaki, of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council in Japan. The researchers set out to investigate sleep problems linked to heart attack and angina (coronary artery disease), and stroke. Coronary artery disease is caused by narrowed heart arteries. This means less blood and oxygen reach the heart, raising the risk for heart attack and chest pain known as angina, according to the American Heart Association. The observational study ... Read more

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Many Parents Not Happy With Later School Start Times

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Only about half of U.S. parents are in favor of later start times for high school students – possibly because they underestimate teenagers' sleep needs, researchers are reporting. The study, of 554 parents, found that 49 percent thought it was a bad idea for high schools to delay their start times to 8:30 a.m. That put them at odds with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Both groups advocate later school start times based on what research shows: Teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, and they are unlikely to get it by aiming for an early bedtime. It's a matter of biology, said Dr. Ronald Chervin, the senior researcher on the study. Around puberty, the body's "circadian clock" shifts so that teenagers are naturally prone to staying up later and sleeping later in the morning, ... Read more

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Do Fewer Nightly Dreams Mean Higher Dementia Risk in Seniors?

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Seniors who spend less time each night in the dream stage of sleep may be more likely to succumb to dementia as they age, new research suggests. Known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, this critical phase "occurs in intervals throughout the night, and is characterized by more dreaming and rapid eye movements," explained study author Matthew Pase. He is a senior research fellow with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, and a visiting researcher in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. "We found that persons experiencing less REM sleep over the course of a night displayed an increased risk of developing dementia in the future," Pase said. He noted that for every 1 percent drop in REM sleep, the seniors in his study saw their dementia and Alzheimer's disease risk go up by about 9 percent. While prior research has ... Read more

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