Insomnia breakthrough: Scientists identify 5 types

On January 17, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

There are five types of insomnia, each with its own distinct features, according to a recent study. New research concludes that insomnia may vary by personality type, among other factors. Scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience studied thousands of people who had voluntarily signed up to an online sleep…

Researchers identify characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome

Discovery, along with revealed underlying biology, could lead to faster, more accurate diagnoses and more effective, personalized therapies. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, using…

Caltech biologists identify gene that helps regulate sleep

On February 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Caltech biologists have performed the first large-scale screening in a vertebrate animal for genes that regulate sleep, and have identified a gene that when overactivated causes severe insomnia. Expression of the gene, neuromedin U (Nmu), also seems to serve as nature’s stimulant–fish lacking the gene take longer to wake…

Certain factors may help identify patients for surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea

Patients with more severe obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to receive greater benefit from the surgical procedure known as maxillomandibular advancement, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) is an invasive yet potentially effective surgical option in the…

Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

On October 16, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

What if dreams could be turned on or off with the flick of a switch? This possibility may be not be too far off, after researchers from the University of California-Berkeley say they may have uncovered a way to do just that. Researchers found that activating GABAergic neurons in the…