February 15, 2011

New Bed May Be What You Need

1 How to Sleep Well at Night

Before you turn to drugs to get a good night's sleep, try some other practical suggestions like keeping the bedroom dark, cool and quiet. In their March issue, Consumer Reports magazine offers up several suggestions on sleeping well, such as avoiding big meals and caffeine late in the day and possibly curbing napping if it interferes with sleep. If you wake up and can't fall back to sleep within 20 minutes, Consumer Reports suggests going into another room to read until you're sleepy. Try to use the bed for sleeping and sex only. Another tip is to get a new mattress. Consumer Reports says that 78 percent of problem sleepers surveyed reported that a new bed assisted them in achieving a proper night's sleep.

More at Consumer Reports | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mattress Encasements

Tags: Secrets to Good Night's Sleep, How to Fall Asleep, Curing Insomnia, Sleeping Without Pills, New Mattress Helps with Sleep, Tips on Falling Asleep, What to Do If You Wake Up and Can't Fall Asleep, Treating Insomnia

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A Quick Fall Leads to Disruption

2 Alcohol More Disruptive to Sleep for Women

Alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly, but not everyone is aware how disruptive alcohol is during the latter part of the night, especially for women. "Alcohol increased self-reported sleepiness and disrupted sleep quality more in women than men," says J. Todd Arnedt of the University of Michigan. Arnedt, lead author of the study to be published in Clinical & Experimental Research, says that people who use alcohol to help with sleep problems may be unaware of the "disruptive effects" it has on sleep later in the night. Using polysomnography, researchers found that a high dose of alcohol causes more deep sleep at first, followed by more wakefuless. Women had fewer hours of sleep and woke more frequently than men, a difference that could be related to alcohol metabolism.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Man Claims He Hasn't Eaten or Drunk for 70 Years

Tags: University of Michigan, Drinking Affect on Sleep, Alcohol's Affect on Sleep, How Women Handle Alcohol, Sleeping While Drunk, Clinical & Experimental Research, Rebound Effect, Polysomnography

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Older Folks Need Same Sleep

3 Conquering Persistent Sleep Myths

Some sleep myths are persistent, but Consumer Reports magazine wants to help conquer them. In their March issue, Consumer Reports discusses a few myths surrounding sleep. One myth is that you need less sleep as you get older. However, older folks actually do need just as much sleep as other adults. Even still, older people tend to get less deep, restful sleep. Another myth is that you can make up for lost sleep on weekends. That's not so. It's not possible to completely compensate for lost sleep by sleeping extra on weekends, says Consumer Reports. Sleeping extra won't improve your "impaired weekday performance."

More at Consumer Reports | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Sleep Myths, Number of Hours of Sleep Needed, Elderly Sleep, How Many Hours Seniors Need, How Much to Sleep, Healthy Sleeping Habits, Snoring Ok, Is Snoring Ok, How Dangerous Is Snoring, Preventing Daytime Fatigue, Making Up for Lost Sleep

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800,000 Seats Affected

4 Dorel Car Seats Recalled

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that 800,000 child safety seats made by Dorel Juvenile Group are being recalled for safety harness issues. MSNBC reports that the recall covers boosters, infant seats and convertible seats produced by the group. The problem involves the harness locking and release button not always returning to its locked position, which would allow the strap to slip through the adjuster and increase the risk of injury during a crash. Consumers may visit Safercar.gov for a list of affected models.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: 85 Percent of Adults Use Seat Belts Regularly

Tags: Recalled Child Products, Recalled Car Seats, Recalled Booster Seats, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Investigation, Dorel Juvenile Group, Harness Locking and Release Button

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Parents Catch a Break

5 IRS Giving Women Credit for Breast Pumps

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to allow women to deduct expenses of breast-feeding supplies, including breast pumps. NPR reports that the change means that taxpayers may be reimbursed for the expensive supplies, which may cost hundreds. However, NPR warns that it's not "super easy" to get your money back. Taxpayers can get reimbursed when they purchase the supplies with money from their Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts. When medical expenses compose more than 7.5 percent of income, another option is to deduct the costs of breast-feeding supplies from income taxes.

More at NPR | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Breast-Feeding Supplies, Credit for Breast Pumps, Tax Credit Breastfeeding Supplies, IRS Gives Credit for Breast Pumps, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, How to Get Credit for Breast Pump

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Braking Problems Found

6 New ADHD Studies Focus on Motor Function

Two new studies on ADHD focus on impairment in motor function, reports CNN. One study found that children with ADHD tend to have mirror movements, which means that when one side of the body moves, so does the other to an extent. Mirror movements, experienced more by boys, normally disappear in kids without ADHD when they reach school age. Kids with ADHD also had more more clumsy finger movements. The second study found that kids with ADHD may have a "braking system" problem, meaning that the brain circuitry which is supposed to stop a person from acting impulsively is less efficient. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation, researchers measured inhibition in the brain, finding that kids with ADHD were more likely to experience inhibitory problems. The studies were published in Neurology .

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Apgar Scores Predict ADHD

Tags: ADHD Studies, Journal Neurology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Mirror Movements, ADHD Symptoms, Brain Circuitry ADHD, Impairment in Motor Function ADHD, Inhibitory Problems

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It's Not Vain to Be Concerned

7 Balding Early Associated with Prostate Cancer Risk

A study that lasted more than 2 years comparing 388 men with prostate cancer to 281 healthy controls found that twice as many men with the disease started balding at 20. Scientists had them fill out a questionnaire about family history and hair loss at 20, 30 and 40. This may lead to screening men who go bald earlier and possibly preventing prostate cancer before it starts using a class of drugs known as anti-adrogenics which work by inhibiting testosterone's metabolism to the androgen dihydrotestosterone. One drug in this class, Finasteride, treats both baldness and prostate cancer. Previous studies have shown a link between the two and that androgens play a role in approximately 50 percent of male-pattern baldness cases and in fueling prostate cancer.

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

Previously: Red Wine, Green Tea Stop Prostate Cancer Growth

Tags: Finasteride, Hair Loss, Prostate Cancer, Balding, Androgens, Anti-Androgenics, Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer

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Unlimited Quicker & Non-Allergic

8 Flu Grown in Cells Better Than Egg-Based Vaccines

Flu vaccines made from virus that is grown in cells protected 80 percent of people against the flu during the 2008-2009 season compared to people who were injected with a placebo. Seventy-three percent of people given the traditional egg-based vaccine were protected. There are several advantages over the 50 year old technique such as being able to produce an unlimited supply of vaccine, less time to produce it and those who are allergic to the eggs can receive it. Although predictions about H1N1 being more lethal than previous strains never came true, there is a concern that in a pandemic the demand would not be met with the current method of manufacturing. A large-scale human clinical trial that will prove its effectiveness has yet to be performed.

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

Previously: US Government Urges Flu Shots for All

Tags: Flu Shots, Flu Vaccine, H1N1, Influenza, Flu Vaccine Made with Eggs, Flu Vaccine Made with Cells

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