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Pain

Lower Back Pain, Self-Administered Acupressure Could Help

A recent study finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. “Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles; pressure applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body,” says Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR, an associate professor of physical medicine; and…

Brown fat

Scientists Discover Why Brown Fat Is Good For People’s Health

Rutgers and other scientists have discovered how brown fat; also known as brown adipose tissue, may help protect against obesity and diabetes. Their study in the journal Nature adds to our knowledge about the role of brown fat in human health; and could lead to new medications for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes. Branched-chain…

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders, Major Category Of Mental Illnesses

The mental health survey will be run in 2020; with new data on how common mental illness is due the year after. This is a welcome announcement for the mental health sector; because information gathered in a survey used to shape policy reform. But eating disorders, a major category of mental illnesses; have neglected by…

Concussion

Faster Recovery From Concussion In Kids By Insomnia Treatment

Although the majority of youth with concussion will recover within about one month; 20 to 30 % will have symptoms that have not resolved. Those with slow concussion recovery are more likely to repeatedly visit health-care professionals; miss school and, as a result, have parents who need to take time off of work. Finding ways…

Sleep apnea

Treat Insomnia Before Sleep Apnea, By Targeted Intervention

The ‘double whammy’ of co-occurring insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); is a complex problem best managed with non-drug targeted psych interventions, a new Australian study has found. By following simple new guidelines; people with the concurrent conditions reported great improvement to both their sleep; and their health with about 50% improvement in global insomnia…

Sleep apnea

3-D Facial Photography Offers Quick Way To Predict Sleep Apnea

Three-dimensional facial photography can provide a simple; and highly accurate method of predicting the presence of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine; builds on previous work identifying that the structure of the face; head and neck played…

Sleep

Impulsive Behavior Associated With Less Sleep And More Screen Time

A paper published today in Pediatrics suggests that children and youth who do not sleep enough; and use screens more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions. The findings come from the globally recognized Healthy Active Living; and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute in Ottawa. Impulsive…

Alzheimer’s

Excessive Daytime Sleeping Could Be An Early Sign Of Alzheimer’s

Excessive daytime napping often develops long before the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease occur. Now, researchers may have found the striking new biological explanation for this phenomenon. A team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that Alzheimer’s disease attacks; the brain region responsible for keeping people awake during the…

Potassium channel

Research Shows, Water Molecules Do Not Migrate By Potassium Channel

Do only potassium ions pass through the selectivity filter of a potassium channel; or are there water molecules between the ions? This question has a source of controversy for years. Researchers led by Prof. Adam Lange from the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin have now able to show that water molecules do not…

Sleep

Optimistic People Tend To Have Better Sleep, Study Finds

People who are the most optimistic tend to have better sleep, a study of young and middle-aged adults found. More than 3,500 people ages 32-51 are included in the study sample. The participants included people in Birmingham, Alabama; Oakland, California; Chicago; and Minneapolis. The research was led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work…

Caffeine

Evening Use Of Alcohol, Caffeine And Nicotine Affects Sleep Outcomes

Data shows that evening consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine among an African-American cohort; and objectively measured sleep outcomes in their natural environments; instead of laboratory or observatory settings. The study involved 785 participants and totaled 5,164 days of concurrent actigraphy; and daily sleep diaries that recorded how much alcohol, caffeine or nicotine they consumed…

Advanced Sleep Phase

One In 300 Adults Affected By Advanced Sleep Phase

A quirk of the body clock that lures some people to sleep at 8 p.m., enabling them to greet the new day as early as 4 a.m., may be significantly more common than previously believed. So-called advanced sleep phase previously believed to be very rare may affect at least one in 300 adults; according to…