October 24, 2012

You Are Getting Sleepy

1 Hypnosis Eases Hot Flashes, Insomnia

Hypnosis can reduce hot flashes say researchers at Baylor U, Indiana U and the U of Texas. For the study, postmenopausal volunteers were randomly assigned to hypnotherapy or a control group. The women who underwent hypnosis had 5 weekly sessions concentrating on relaxation and images of coolness. They were also told to listen to an audio recording of a hypnotic induction. The control group had 5 sessions of group therapy and received a recording with information about hot flashes. All of the women kept diaries of the frequency and severity of hot flashes which were also measured by a skin conductance monitor. After 12 weeks, the women who underwent hypnosis reported 75% fewer hot flashes and better sleep than those in the control group who reported a 13% reduction in hot flashes.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Rhythmic Breathing May Ease Hot Flashes

Tags: Hot Flashes, Hypnosis, Indiana University, Insomnia, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, University of Texas, Baylor University

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Talk to Your Doctor First

2 Supplements Can Interfere with Medications

Consumers often do not think twice about taking an herbal product or dietary supplement, but should pay more attention, especially when taking other medications. A review published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice highlights the issue of potentially harmful drug interactions with supplement products including St. John’s Wort, ginkgo, echinacea, and certain vitamins and minerals. Most of the drug interactions are caused by altering the process by which a drug is absorbed or metabolized. The drugs with the greatest number of reported interactions included warfarin (Coumadin), insulin, aspirin digoxin, and ticlopidine (Ticlid). Talk with your physician before beginning any dietary supplement regimen if you have a chronic condition for which you take medication.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Is Your Supplement Safe?, Glucosamine Ineffective for Low Back Pain

Tags: Dietary Supplements, Drug Interactions

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Safety. . .OK!

3 Serious Cheerleading Injuries on the Rise

Concern over the increasing number of serious injuries related to cheerleading has prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to issue a policy statement in hopes of reducing the risk. Leading one’s school in team spirit has evolved into a sport that incorporates complex acrobatics and gymnast-level tumbling. The most common types of cheerleading injuries are sprains and strains. While at the bottom of the list in terms of girls’ high school sports injuries, for over two decades the sport is responsible for 66 percent of catastrophic injuries such as paralysis, brain damage or death. Some of the AAP's recommendations include official designation as a sport so coaching standards can be set, access to good practice facilities and performing stunts on a spring/foam floor or grass turf.

More at USA Today | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Kids’

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Sports Injuries, Cheerleading, Athletic Injuries

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Stricter Regulations Promised

4 Poor Practices and Conditions in MA Pharmacy

Not sterilizing methylprednisolone acetate long enough and not waiting for sterility tests results before shipping out the drugs contributed to the fungal contamination at the New England Compounding Center that has affected over 300 people and caused 24 deaths. Officials saw dirty mats and a leaky boiler next to a room that should have been strictly guarded against contamination. Past complaints never led to any discipline event though they did reach a settlement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick promised stricter regulation of its 25 compounding pharmacies, including annual inspections and requiring them to report interactions with federal officials to state health officials.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: More Infections Tied to Contaminated Steroids, More Fungal Infections Tied to MA Pharmacy, US Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

Tags: Compounding Pharmacies, Food and Drug Administration, Fungal Contamination, New England Compounding Center, Sterilization Techniques

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