Restless legs syndrome may raise cardiovascular death risk

On December 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study, published in the journal Neurology, shows that the sleep and sensorimotor disorder called restless legs syndrome may raise the risk of heart-related death, particularly among older women. RLS could endanger women’s cardiovascular health. Restless legs syndrome (RLS), which is “a sleep and a neurological sensory disorder,” affects…

Pickwickian syndrome: All you need to know

On August 18, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Pickwickian syndrome is when breathing in sleep is disordered. Pickwickian syndrome is a condition that arises from disordered breathing during sleep. Breathing too slowly or taking breaths that are too shallow means the lungs are unable to take in enough oxygen and expel enough carbon dioxide in a process known…

Lack of sleep increases death risk in people with metabolic syndrome

On May 25, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, finds that people with a common cluster of heart disease risk factors have a higher risk of dying if they get under 6 hours of sleep each night. The links between sleep duration and stroke risk in metabolic…

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to imbalanced microbiome

On April 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have discovered abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Findings are published in the…

Biological basis of 'atypical' chronic fatigue syndrome revealed

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating disorder characterized by severe fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months. The condition is also accompanied by a range of symptoms, from muscle pain and headaches to cognitive dysfunction. The illness can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, and its cause is not yet…

Anakinra does not seem to improve fatigue severity in women with chronic fatigue syndrome

On March 9, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

The anti-inflammatory biologic drug anakinra does not seem to reduce fatigue severity in women with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The findings of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. CFS is characterized by severe, persistent, and disabling fatigue. While case definitions differ, the…

Sundowner's Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

On December 14, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A person with sundowner’s syndrome experiences increased episodes of confusion, agitation, and activity as the day progresses to night. There may be agitation and personality changes that are dramatically unlike the person’s normal behavior. This can be frightening for the individual and their caregiver. …

Sudden infant death syndrome: New safe sleep guidelines issued

On October 24, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death for babies under the age of 1 year. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics have updated their recommendations to help parents and caregivers protect infants against unexpected sleep-related death. The AAP have issued new safe 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…

Chronic fatigue syndrome flare-ups caused by straining muscles and nerves

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

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in PLOS ONE shows that symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, a complex and disabling multisystem disorder, can be provoked by imposing a mild to moderate strain to the…