October 25, 2011

Lights Out

1 Insomniacs Have Greater Risk for Heart Attack

People who have trouble falling and staying asleep have a higher risk of heart attack than their sleepy counterparts, says data reported on 52,610 Norwegian adults who were queried about their sleep habits. Researchers also examined hospital records and data from Norway’s Cause of Death Registry. The study finds that people who had trouble falling asleep almost nightly for a month had a 45% higher risk. Those with problems staying asleep had a 30% higher risk and those who didn’t wake up feeling refreshed more than once a week had a 27% higher risk. Heart attack risk increased for those with multiple symptoms. It’s unclear why heart attack risk is linked to insomnia but researchers say it’s important to be aware of the link and to report symptoms of insomnia to your doctor.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Aerobics Relieves Insomnia in Older Adults

Tags: Heart Attack Risk, Insomnia, Norway's Cause of Death Registry, Heart Attacks and Insomnia

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CDC Wants Boys to Get Shot Too

2 HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys

Males ages 11 to 21 should be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV), recommends the advisory committee for the CDC. On Tuesday, the committee voted to recommend that young males receive the HPV vaccine that could help prevent cancer. The HPV vaccine series may even be started as early as age 9, reports CNN. Given in three separate doses over a six-month period, the vaccine costs around $120 per shot. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. with at least half of all sexually active people infected at some point in their lives. The HPV virus may cause genital warts and cancers of the penis and rectum in males. More recently, HPV has been linked with heart disease.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Eight HPV Strains Cause over 90 Percent of Cancers

Tags: Human Papilloma Virus, HPV Vaccine Benefits, HPV Vaccine Boys, CDC Recommendations HPV Boys, Vaccinate Boys Against HPV, Reasons to Get HPV Vaccine, Hpv Heart Disease

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Lessen Tissue Damage

3 Strawberry May Reduce Gastritis from Alcohol

Alcohol consumption can cause inflammation of the stomach mucous membranes, causing damage and possibly contributing to the formation of stomach ulcers. European researchers have learned that the high antioxidants contained in strawberries may reduce the harm that alcohol causes. The study, conducted by feeding strawberry extract to rats who drank ethyl alcohol, found that the phenolic compounds known as anthocyans can activate body defenses against free radicals or other reactive oxygen species (ROS) known to contribute to inflammation. But strawberries aren’t going to help other damaging effects of alcohol warns research coordinator Maurizio Battino. “This study was not conceived as a way of mitigating the effects of getting drunk,” he says.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Organic Strawberries Are Higher in Vitamin C

Tags: Alcohol, Free Radicals, Inflammation, Nutrition, Strawberries

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Bedtime Is for Heart Health

4 Blood Pressure Drugs Should Be Taken at Night

Nighttime is the right time to take your blood pressure medications, according to a study conducted in Spain involving 661 individuals with high blood pressure and chronic renal disease. Previous research has found that taking drugs at certain times of the day affect the pattern of a person’s blood pressure but this study looked at the health benefits by using chronotherapy, coordinating a patient’s biorhythms to the time a drug is taken. One half took their medications before bed while the other took them in the morning. Follow-up found that taking them at night reduces the risk of going into heart failure or having a heart attack or stroke by two-thirds. They also found that blood pressure values obtained while asleep was more reflective of heart health.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Exposure to Light May Affect Sleep Quality

Tags: Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Renal Disease, Stroke, Chronotherapy, Blood Pressure Medications, Hypertensive Medications

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