Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Sleep

Getting Less Sleep May Be Linked to an Increased Cancer Risk

Posted in Cancer, Exercise / Fitness, Lifestyle, Research, Sleep

Exercise may be one of the best defenses against cancer.  We have seen this in multiple studies.  What about the role of sleep?  Among those under 65, sleeping less than 7 hours per night was associated with an increased risk of cancer, even among those who were physically active.  The researchers suggest that sleep duration [&hellip

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Side-Effects of Flexeril

Posted in Foods / Drinks, Medications, Musculoskeletal, Sleep

Flexeril is a medication that I believe is very effective at releasing muscle problems and relaxing muscles, but Flexeril is not perfect.  It causes relaxation, but also sedation.  People who take Flexeril, especially if they mix it with alcohol, can run into big problems with drowsiness.  The medication is often prescribed three times a day, [&hellip

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Taking Beta Blockers

Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart Health, Medications, Sleep

They're called beta blockers, and beta blockers are some of the most popular heart medications we have.  The beta blockers are effective as a tool that can be used to treat high blood pressure.  The beta blockers can also slow the heart rate.  Is there a problem with beta blockers?  Well, the big issue with [&hellip

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Dealing with Night Terrors in Children

Posted in Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Sleep

They are called night terrors and, clearly, they can be terrors for the parent as well.  A night terror is a situation where a child will wake up.  A child actually can be fine and then will wake up about a half an hour or 45 minutes into sleep screaming wildly.  They're screaming because they [&hellip

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Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Musculoskeletal, Nerves, Sleep

Fibromyalgia is known as a functional condition.  It's one of these physical conditions that's very difficult to detect or prove by laboratory tests, or by one procedure.  It's diagnosed based on the history or story that a patient tells about what is happening.  Essentially, fibromyalgia is a set of symptoms that happen together.  People are [&hellip

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About Seborrheic Dermatitis

Posted in Hair, Head / Neck, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Skin, Sleep

It is called seborrheic dermatitis; a big medical word describing a condition that usually shows itself as scalp scaling, that's dandruff, or even redness in the folds next to the nose.  It can be worse at times of stress or sleep deprivation and it affects people from infancy to old-age.  Babies get a form of [&hellip

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New Research on Dreams

Posted in Mental Health, Sleep

Dreams have served as a source of confusion and wonder since people started dreaming.  Scientists have studied them, most famously Dr. Sigmund Freud, and there are thousands of theories out there.  Now, new research is providing insight into how most people interpret dreams.  According to a Carnegie Mellon researcher, people believe that hidden truths present [&hellip

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Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Posted in Cancer, Exercise / Fitness, Sleep, Women's Health

A study of nearly 6,000 women at least 18 years of age has found that those who were physically active had a reduced risk of overall cancer and breast cancer specifically.  However, among those under 65, sleeping less than seven hours per night was associated with an increased risk of cancer, even among those who [&hellip

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Therapy to Change Bad Sleep Habits Is Found to Help People with Insomnia Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted in Sleep

The effects of chronic insomnia can be severe, impacting how well someone can function during the day and increasing the risk for major depression.  But new research shows that a psychological treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy may help insomnia sufferers sleep more soundly at night

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Preventing Unintentional Deaths in Children

Posted in Accidental Injuries, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Sleep

Quick spot quiz.  You ready?  What is the leading cause of death in children and teenagers in the United States?  The answer: Accidents and injuries.  The leading cause of unintentional deaths are drowning, poisoning, suffocation, motor vehicle accidents, and bicycle injuries, in no particular order.  I'm not bringing this up to say our children need [&hellip

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