November 25, 2011

Intermezzo Passes Sleep Test

1 First Middle-of-Night Insomnia Drug Approved

Intermezzo is the first drug approved by the FDA to treat insomnia that's characterized by waking up in the middle of the night and having difficultly falling back to sleep. According to the FDA, Intermezzo (zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablets) can be used when a patient has at least four hours of bedtime remaining. Intermezzo may be a safe alternative to taking a higher dose of zolpidem tartrate, known as Ambien. “With this lower dose there is less risk of a person having too much drug in the body upon waking, which can cause dangerous drowsiness and impair driving,” notes Robert Temple, M.D., deputy center director for clinical science in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

More at FDA | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Many Americans Too Tired for Sex

Tags: Zolpidem Tartrate Sublingual Tablets, Ambien Alternatives, Low Dose Sleep Aid, Insomnia Waking Middle Night, Falling Back to Sleep After Waking, Intermezzo, New Insomnia Drug Approved

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Be a Bean Eater

2 Stop Worrying over Bean Gas

Fears over excessive intestinal gas with bean consumption may be exaggerated, suggest researchers who compared reported flatulence in three studies. Given the importance of eating plant-based foods for reducing chronic disease risks, researchers believe that fear over excessive gas is an important topic. The research participants consumed 1/2 cup of beans daily for eight to 12 weeks. Published in Nutrition Journal, the research showed that less than 50 percent of participants reported increased intestinal gas after eating pinto beans during the first week of each trial. Just 19 percent reported increased gas after consuming black-eyed peas, and 3 to 11 percent still complained about increased flatulence across the three studies when eating control diets without gas-producing food.

More at Nutrition Journal | Hat tip to WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Health Benefits Pinto Beans, Beans Cause Gas, Nutrition Journal, Excessive Intestinal Gas, Flatulence Causes, Reducing Chronic Disease Risks

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Sinuses Help

3 Yawning Cools off the Brain

New research on yawning out of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry suggests that the act which is typically associated with being tired, bored or oxygen deprived, might lower the temperature of the brain. It was also noted that the maxillary sinuses which are present in both cheeks next to the nose, bellow out during a yawn. There is no clearly definitive purpose for sinuses but this study may point to one. Excessive yawning is often observed in epileptics before a seizure and in those who get painful migraine headaches. Injuries to the central nervous system and lack of sleep are two conditions that can lead to an increase in brain temperature and researchers believe that excessive yawning may be a way to screen patients who have these problems.

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

Previously: Gene That Clears Glutamate Linked to Migraines

Tags: Yawn, Brain Temperature, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

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