Poor sleep may hinder weight loss, study shows

On July 2, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

An unhealthy weight can affect a person’s well-being in various ways. That is why many people make a conscious effort to lose excess body weight. But, it turns out that a hidden factor — sleeping patterns — could easily thwart these efforts. Poor quality, irregular sleep may prevent people from…

Visual evidence shows brain 'resetting' during sleep

On February 5, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Throughout the day, the human brain absorbs a torrent of knowledge, processes the information, and learns, before “switching off” over night. New research explains this process in action. Microscopic images of synapses – the junction between two nerve cells – have been shown to expand with daytime stimulation and…

Foot wrap shows promise as drug-free option to treat restless legs syndrome

On June 29, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

An adjustable foot wrap that applies pressure to two muscles in the foot may offer patients with restless legs syndrome an effective alternative to drugs as a way to ease symptoms when trying to rest or go to sleep. In a pilot study, researchers found the device was 1.4…

Study shows strong prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans

On June 11, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Over 47% of female veterans reported insomnia symptoms. A new study sheds light on the prevalence of insomnia symptoms among female veterans. Results demonstrate that more than 47 percent of female veterans reported symptoms of insomnia that resulted in functional impairment. Of this sample group, less…

New study shows patients with pacemakers and sleep apnea are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation

Results from a first-of-its-kind study identify a significant increase in the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with pacemaker-detected sleep apnea. The study, presented at Heart Rhythm 2016, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 37th Annual Scientific Sessions, suggests that monitoring for sleep apnea in patients with pacemakers is imperative…

Study shows high patient satisfaction with telemedicine-based care of sleep apnea

A new study suggests that telemedicine-based management for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is as effective and may be comparable to in-person care. Results show that there was no significant difference in functional outcome changes, dropout rates, or objectively measured positive airway pressure (PAP) adherence between patients having an in-person…

Chronic fatigue treatments bring long-term benefits, study shows

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

A follow-up of chronic fatigue syndrome patients who took part in a trial where they showed improvements after 1 year of cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy finds that the improvements were sustained for 2.5 years after starting treatment. Graded exercise therapy is where patients…

Study shows chronic fatigue associated with abnormal brain connectivity at rest

On October 28, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Patients with chronic fatigue have decreased signaling and communication between specific brain regions when the brain is at rest, and less effective connectivity between these regions strongly correlates with greater fatigue, according to the results of a new study published in Brain Connectivity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann…

Everyone has their own daily rhythm of digital activity, shows study

On October 8, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Over the past decade, there has been a surge of scientific studies on the digital activity of people, such as making mobile calls, texting, e-mailing, and posting on social media. Because nearly all human behavior leaves a digital footprint, scientists can use such digital activity as a proxy to track…

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…