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Heart attack risk higher in those who sleep too little or too much

On September 4, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

The right amount of sleep is protective of heart health. This was the conclusion of new research that found sleep duration can influence a person’s risk of heart attack, regardless of other heart risk factors, including genetic ones. New research tracks sleep duration and a person’s risk of a heart…

Provigil (modafinil)

On September 1, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By , , With No Comments

What is Provigil? Provigil (modafinil) is a prescription medication. It’s most often used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work. Provigil belongs to a class of medications called stimulants. It comes as 100-mg and 200-mg oral tablets. Studies show that Provigil increases the ability…

Ativan (lorazepam)

On August 31, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By , , With No Comments

FDA warning This drug has a boxed warning. This is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Using Ativan in combination with opioid medications can result in life-threatening side effects. These effects…

Study links insomnia genes to heart disease, stroke risk

On August 23, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Scientists used data from more than 1.6 million people to link insomnia genes to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke but not atrial fibrillation. Does insomnia contribute to heart disease, or is heart disease a contributing factor for insomnia? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in…

Cancer more common in females with severe sleep apnea

On August 21, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Some studies have identified links between sleep apnea and cancer. Now, new research reveals that rates of cancer are higher among females with pronounced symptoms of apnea. New research finds that women with a severe form of sleep apnea are more likely to receive a cancer diagnosis. The recent study,…

Alzheimer's: Death of key brain cells causes daytime sleepiness

On August 19, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Extreme daytime sleepiness is often a top symptom of Alzheimer’s disease but what, exactly, causes it? New research finally brings us an answer. A specific type of protein may cause daytime sleepiness in people with Alzheimer’s, according to a recent study. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease have a tendency to…

Focus boosting drugs not worth the risks, studies warn

On August 12, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Many younger adults use focus boosting drugs without a prescription to help them study and stay on track with work. However, new research suggests that such drugs bring healthy adults very few — and only short-lived — benefits while placing their cognitive health at risk in the long run. Taking…

Can the moon really influence your health?

On August 10, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

The moon has held the human mind in its thrall since the dawn of time. Throughout the ages, peoples across the world have worshipped it as an important deity, believing it held real power to influence their lives — and their health. But is this really true? In this Spotlight…

Being a pessimist or an optimist may affect your sleep

On August 10, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research finds “significant associations” between a person’s optimistic disposition and their sleep quality. New research suggests that optimistic people are likelier to sleep better. Sleep deprivation is a major public health concern. In fact, around 30% of adults in the United States do not get the amount of sleep…

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

On August 9, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

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