March 4, 2014

It's in Your Head for Real

1 Insomnia May Be 24/7 Disorder

Insomnia doesn't just occur at night, say researchers who believe that insomniacs have more active brains compared to sound sleepers. New research published in Sleep shows that insomnia may actually be a 24/7 disorder. Today reports that lead study author Dr. Rachel Salas says insomniacs have brains that are "always running." She also compared the condition to having a light switch that is always on. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the study, researchers found that the brains of insomniacs had more plasticity, which is typically a positive thing. Plasticity refers to how well neural pathways can adapt or grow. However, insomniacs may have too much of a good thing, says Salas.

More at Today | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tart Cherry Juice May Be Natural Cure for Insomnia

Tags: Causes Insomnia, Insomnia Cure, Insomnia Lost Productivity, Journal Sleep, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Overactive Brains

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Don't Buy Your Clothes There

2 Singapore Named New Most Expensive City

If living in a very expensive city causes you anxiety, you may want to try your best to avoid the new most expensive city in the world: Singapore. Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) refreshed their list of the costliest cities in the world, dropping Tokyo down to sixth place from first. Home prices in Singapore have surged, and the Singapore dollar has gained more than 35 percent over the last 10 years, reports Bloomberg. Singapore is also the most expensive place to purchase clothing. The other top five expensive cities for 2014 include Paris, France; Oslo, Norway; Zurich, Switzerland; and Sydney, Australia.

More at Bloomberg | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Massage Not Best Way to Ease Anxiety

Tags: Most Expensive Cities, Singapore Dollar, Economist Intelligence Unit, Relocation Tools, Paris Second Most Expensive City, Singapore Most Expensive City 2014

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Infant Formula Is Fine

3 Benefits from Breast Milk Questioned

Women who can't breast-feed shouldn't feel guilty since there's likely no harm done, say researchers. A study by Ohio State University compared sibling pairs. One of the siblings received breast milk, and the other did not. Studying siblings, researchers were able to minimize effects of differences like education or income. The siblings, aged 4 to 14 years, were tested for body mass index, asthma, obesity, hyperactivity, math ability, memory-based intelligence and reading comprehension. On all measures, no statistically significant differences were found between breast-fed and bottle-fed siblings. Researchers say long-term benefits attributed to breast-feeding may have nothing to do with breast milk, but more to do with good health and wealth of women who breast-feed.

More at New York Times | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Women with HIV Have Antibodies in Breast Milk

Tags: Asthma, Body Mass Index, Bottle Feeding, Hyperactivity, Obesity, Breast Milk Benefits, Long Term Benefits Breastfeeding, No Guilt Bottle Feeding, Immunological Substances, Math Ability

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Fellow Fatties Load Up Car

4 Free Fudge for People Weighing 300 Plus

Route 66 Candy Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri has extended an usual Fat Tuesday offer: Free fudge for anyone who weighs more than 300 pounds. The store's Facebook page announced the special with these words: "FREE FUDGE for anyone over 300 pounds on Fat Tuesday! Walk, run, waddle or ride your motorized wheelchair down to the Route 66 Candy Shoppe! See you Tuesday!" While candy shop owner Charley Dill says that he's just having fun on Fat Tuesday, some locals were offended at his making light of the serious issue of obesity. However, CNN reports that the owner claims that "fellow fatties" are "loading up the car" to visit the shop from about 100 miles away.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Free Fat Tuesday Fudge, Free Fudge 300 Pounds, Route 66 Candy Shoppe, Waynesville Missouri

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