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Children Exposed to Bright Light May Impact On Sleep-Related Behavior

Recent research suggests that the number of exposure children has to bright light in the hour leading up to bedtime -; whether emanating from light bulbs or electronic devices -; can have a big impact on sleep-related behavior. Settling youngsters down to sleep at night isn't always easy.

There's the chemistry behind it. Our circadian rhythm -; a kind of 24-hour internal brain clock that cycles regularly between sleepiness and alertness -; employs melatonin, the body's natural sleep-inducing hormone. Melatonin is highly sensitive to light. As daylight dims toward the end of the day, our bodies are programmed to react to the reduction of light by increasing the production of melatonin. It's nature's way of ushering us toward sleep. Artificial light, however, can disrupt the circadian cycle by inhibiting the production of melatonin.

Krintafel Boost India’s Efforts to End Malaria by 2030

A new drug called Krintafel (tafenoquine) got the US Food and Drug Administration nod to treat P. vivax malaria, which accounts for 34% of the estimated 13 million cases in India. Developed by a non-for-profit research and industry partnership, it is the first new treatment for P. vivax malaria in more than 60 years and is all set to get fast-tracked approvals for use globally.

Physical Therapy: Safe and Effective in Pain Management

While gliding down the powdery slopes of Okemo on a frigid February morning this year, Sandra Trounce (name changed to respect patient's privacy) slipped and fell onto a patch of ice. Suddenly, any bodily movement brought excruciating pain in her lower back and caused her to suspect that the fall had broken her back.