September 2, 2010

Six Hours of Sleep Is Best

1 Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of Death in Men

Chronic insomnia, coupled with a short sleep duration of fewer than six hours, significantly increase the risk of death in men, finds a Penn State study published in the journal Sleep that says that risk is four times greater than for men with healthier sleeping habits. Results of the study, which involved 1000 men and women and included a fourteen-year follow-up period, were adjusted to consider potential complications including obesity and sleep apnea. The study found no significant risk for female insomniacs who stayed asleep for fewer than six hour periods. "We believe that cumulatively these findings will increase the awareness among physicians and scientists that insomnia should be diagnosed early and treated appropriately," said principal investigator Alexandros N.Vgontzas.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Too Much or Too Little Sleep Are Bad for You

Tags: Insomnia, Obesity, Sleep, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Duration, Insomnia and Death Risk, Alexandros N.Vgontzas, Penn State University

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There Is Help for Sleepless

2 New Research Helps Docs Understand, Treat Insomnia

New guidelines, released by the British Association for Psychopharmacology and compiled by sleep specialists from the US and the UK, will hopefully help doctors understand and treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. Insomnia, which affects about one-third of adults in western countries and is more common in women, is treatable and can often be improved with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which has been shown to be more effective than drug therapy. CBT also has fewer side effects. Many sleepless patients consistently resort to the use of sleep-inducing drugs despite evidence that their long-term safety and efficacy is uncertain. Armed with the new guidelines, doctors will be able to offer alternatives to drug therapy and hopefully provide restful sleep for millions.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tart Cherry Juice May Be Natural Cure for Insomnia

Tags: Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia Cure, Insomnia Guidelines, British Association for Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Risk of Rare Cancer Doubled

3 Bone Drugs Could Raise Risk of Throat Cancer

Drugs for the prevention of osteoporosis taken for many years may slightly increase the risk of developing throat cancer, reports CBS News. Research paid for by Britain's Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK found that people who were given 10 or more prescriptions for osteoporosis drugs for about 5 years had double the normal risk of developing cancer of the esophagus. Throat cancer is rare, affecting only 1 in 1,000 people, but those with a history of taking many bone drugs had an increased risk of 2 in 1,000. While the eight-year observational study showed a link between osteoporosis drugs and throat cancer, it didn't show a similar link between the drugs and stomach or bowel cancer.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Britain's Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Link Between Osteoporosis Drugs and Throat Cancer, Risks of Osteoporosis Drugs, Bone Drug Side Effects

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One Pill One Dose Many Strains

4 One Dose Antimalarial Drug Effective in Mice

Novartis has manufactured an experimental drug called NITD6098 that works against many of the drug resistant strains of malaria and the two most common strains, Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax that cleared the parasite in mice after one oral dose. The drug belongs to a class of drugs called sprioindolenes and works differently than other antimalarial drugs by attacking a protein that other drugs do not attack. It can also be manufactured in large amounts. More tests need to be conducted to determine if NITD609 is safe in people and if it is found to be safe, human clinical trials may start at the end of the year. Malaria affects about 243 million people annually and kills about 863,00 people. Young children in Africa are affected the most.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Zapping Mosquitos with Lasers to Control Malaria

Tags: Malaria, Plasmodium Falciparum, Plasmodium Vivax, NITD609, Sprioindolenes

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