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UCD researcher's findings may lead to therapeutic targets for heart diseases associated with obstructive sleep apnoea

Dr Silke Ryan, a University College Dublin (UCD) medical researcher, has delivered the flagship Cournand lecture at European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) 2015 international congress. The congress, the largest annual respiratory meeting in the world, took place earlier this week in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was attended by over 20,000…

Later bedtimes linked to greater weight gain

On October 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

For many people, adolescence and early adulthood is a period filled with late nights and partying. But a new study suggests these late nights may have negative implications for weight management. Researchers say later bedtimes in adolescence and young adulthood may lead to greater weight gain. Published in…

Deep sleep boosts immunological memory

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

It is widely accepted that sleep helps to form long-term memory. Now, scientists from the University of Tuebingen in Germany have proposed that deep sleep may strengthen not only psychological but also immunological memories. Sleep may help in both psychological and immunological memory formation. In an article published…

Sleep clinics offer hope to parents of children with intellectual disabilities

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep clinics aimed at parents of children with challenging behaviour can improve the chances of a peaceful night, a team of specialists has concluded. Clinics for up to eight parents at a time offer mutual support and can reduce waiting times, reports the journal Learning Disability Practice. …

5 sleep tips for school-aged children

On September 29, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Everyone needs to sleep. A good night’s sleep boosts health, safety, performance and wellbeing, and it’s especially important for school-age children. “Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development,” said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician for GRHealth at…

Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Study is first to measure negative effects of daylight saving time using objective measurements of sleep duration and vigilance in high school students A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss…

Research published on the link between insomnia and the control of emotion

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

People who are losing the ability to regulate their emotions may be more likely to suffer from insomnia. And if they do, that insomnia is more likely to become persistent. Those are the conclusions of research published in a British Psychological Society journal by a team led…

Simple test predicts obstructive sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for heart failure

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University showed that a simple questionnaire, evaluation and pulse-oximetry monitoring can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF). The results are published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Jefferson researchers found that…

Surgery improves quality of life for patients with chronic sinus infection, sleep dysfunction

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (sinus infection) and obstructive sleep apnea report a poor quality of life, which is substantially improved following endoscopic sinus surgery, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. A growing body of literature has highlighted the important links between…

Back to school: health tips for schoolchildren

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Many parents will have breathed a sigh of relief at the prospect of their children returning to school after the summer vacation. But rather than having to think of ways to keep them entertained or out of mischief, parental thoughts now turn to ensuring that they stay fit and…