Sleep apnea treatment associated with reduced readmissions for patients with heart failure

Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea may reduce six-month readmissions for patients hospitalized with heart failure, according to research recently published online by the American Journal of Cardiology. “Our research showed that early recognition and treatment of patients hospitalized with decompensated congestive heart failure is associated with a…

Sleep interruptions worse for mood than overall reduced amount of sleep, study finds

On November 4, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers suggests that awakening several times throughout the night is more detrimental to people’s positive moods than getting the same shortened amount of sleep without interruption. As they report in the November 1 issue of the journal Sleep, researchers studied 62 healthy…

Depression too often reduced to a checklist of symptoms

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How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the ‘bible’ of psychiatry – diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. A large-scale quantitative study coordinated at KU Leuven, Belgium, now shows that…