Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

September 2, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children’s bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep.
The effect was most pronounced for kids just entering puberty, […]

The Surprising Way Napping Helps Your Heart

August 31, 2015

Taking a midday nap might be beneficial for your heart, new research suggests.

Too Little Sleep May Quadruple Your Risk for Colds: Study

August 31, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When you’re run down from lack of sleep, you really are more apt to catch a cold, a new study finds.
Investigators exposed 164 adults to a cold virus, and found better-rested folks more likely to resist infection.
Those who slept fewer than six hours a night […]

A Tired Surgeon Still a Good Surgeon, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t panic if your doctor worked into the wee hours of the night before he operates on you, new research suggests.
The risk of death, hospital readmission or complications following surgery was no more likely if the surgeon pulled a midnight shift before a daytime operation, […]

Most U.S. Schools Start Too Early for Kids to Get Enough Sleep: Study

August 6, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Five out of six middle and high schools in the United States start the day too early, which keeps students from getting the sleep they need, a new government report finds.
Middle and high schools should aim for a start time no earlier than 8:30 a.m. […]

Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

July 17, 2015

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests.
That’s because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said.
More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may […]

Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

July 17, 2015

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests.
With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the […]

Naps May Boost Worker Productivity

July 2, 2015

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) —
Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests.
A University of Michigan study found power naps or extended breaks during the day could ease frustration, help offset impulsive behavior and increase workplace safety.
“Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention […]

Sleep Problems May Contribute to Health Disparities in America

June 25, 2015

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, are common among older U.S. adults, especially among certain minority groups, a new study finds.
The researchers — who looked at 2,230 men and women aged 54 to 93 — say troubled sleep may play a role in health disparities in America.
Black, Chinese […]

Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

June 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals.
A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, […]


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