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

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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

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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

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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…

Melatonin and multiple sclerosis: Why MS symptoms may improve as the days get shorter

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New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers an answer to the MS ‘seasonal paradox’ For patients and clinicians alike, it’s long been a mystery: why do symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) seem to get better in the winter and worse in the summer? A group led by Francisco…

Inadequate sleep linked to early signs of heart disease

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Not getting the right amount of sleep can compromise brain functioning and emotional wellbeing. In addition to this, a new study indicates that for young and middle-aged adults, inadequate sleep may increase the risk of early signs of heart disease developing. The researchers found that extreme sleep durations and…

Long sleep and high blood copper levels go hand in hand

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Persons sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours suffer from low-grade inflammation more often than persons sleeping 7-8 hours per night. This was observed in a University of Eastern Finland study focusing on the health and lifestyle habits among middle-aged men. “Earlier studies have…

Twin study suggests genetic factors contribute to insomnia in adults

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A new study of twins suggests that insomnia in adults is partially explained by genetic factors, and this heritability is higher in females than in males. Results show that the genetic influences on insomnia symptoms in adults were substantial and largely stable over time while differing significantly by…

How an evening coffee can disrupt our body clock

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It is well known that drinking coffee at night can keep people awake, but scientists from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the UK and the University of Colorado have made a discovery that may hold the key to how caffeine consumption affects the underlying body clock….

Long naps and daytime sleepiness could increase risk of diabetes

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Excessive daytime sleepiness and long naps can signal many things, from working late to sleep disturbance. According to a new study, however, daytime sleepiness and taking long naps may both also be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of…

Brain consolidates memory with three-step brainwave

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Our long-term memory is consolidated when we sleep. Short-term memory traces in the hippocampus, an area deep in the brain, are then relocated to more outer parts of the brain. An international team of neuroscientists, among who Mathilde Bonnefond and Til Ole Bergmann from the Donders Institute at Radboud…