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Generic weight-loss drug may be safe and effective for long-term treatment
An inexpensive weight-loss drug approved 60 years ago for only short-term use also may be safe and effective for longer-term treatment, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health and the Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning (PORTAL) network. (2019-03-22)
New brain research challenges our understanding of sleep
An international study headed by researchers from Aarhus University has for the first time uncovered the large-scale brain patterns and networks in the brain which control sleep, providing knowledge which in the future may can in the long term help the many Danes large proportion of people who experience problems sleeping. (2019-03-21)
Largest-ever study identifies gene regions associated with sleep duration
A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Exeter Medical School has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration. (2019-03-07)
Insomnia-associated gene regions suggest underlying mechanisms, treatment targets
An international research team led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Exeter Medical School has identified 57 gene regions associated with symptoms of insomnia. (2019-02-25)
Brain cells involved in insomnia identified
An international team of researchers has identified, for the first time, the cell types, areas and biological processes in the brain that mediate the genetic risk of insomnia. (2019-02-25)
New strategy expands the benefits of Internet-delivered CBT
Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have experimented with a new adaptive treatment strategy for Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) that identifies patients within the first month who face a major risk of treatment failure. (2019-01-30)
Examination of outpatient prescribing patterns for anxiety drugs
Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) are a large class of drugs with lots of potential uses from treating anxiety to other conditions including insomnia, seizures and neuropathic pain. (2019-01-25)
Rocking improves sleep and memory, studies in mice and people show
Two new studies reported in Current Biology on Jan. 24, one conducted in young adults and the other in mice, add to evidence for the broad benefits of a rocking motion during sleep. (2019-01-24)
Study finds dangerous increases in patients mixing opioids, benzodiazepines or Z-drugs
The number of Americans taking a dangerous combination of both opioids and benzodiazepines -- a group of drugs commonly prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety -- increased by 250 percent over a 15-year period, while there was an 850 percent increase in patients taking benzodiazepines and so-called Z-drugs, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep. (2019-01-17)
Mice sleeping fitfully provide clues to insomnia
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis -- working with mice with sleep problems similar to those experienced by people with the genetic disease neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) -- believe the animals will help shed light on insomnia linked to NF1 or other factors. (2019-01-09)
Insomnia has many faces
Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience revealed that there are five types of insomnia. (2019-01-08)
Study finds increasing use, and misuse, of benzodiazepines
More than one in eight US adults (12.6 percent) used benzodiazepines in the past year, up from previous reports. (2018-12-17)
A co-worker's rudeness can affect your sleep -- and your partner's, new PSU study finds
A new study from Portland State University and University of Illinois researchers found workplace incivilities has the potential to not only negatively affect an employee's sleep but their partner's as well (2018-12-14)
Addressing sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury
Amsterdam, NL, December 10, 2018 - Disorders of sleep are some of the most common problems experienced by patients after traumatic brain injury (TBI). (2018-12-10)
Pot withdrawal eased for dependent users
A new drug can help people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder reduce withdrawal symptoms and marijuana use, a new Yale-led study published Dec. (2018-12-06)
Study reveals sleep problems in young adult students
A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research indicates that sleep problems are both prevalent and increasing among students. (2018-12-05)
Light pollution may cause insomnia in older adults
A new study is the first population-based investigation to report a significant association between artificial, outdoor light exposure at night and insomnia, as indicated by older adults' use of hypnotic drugs. (2018-11-30)
Why screen time can disrupt sleep
For most, the time spent staring at screens -- on computers, phones, iPads -- constitutes many hours and can often disrupt sleep. (2018-11-27)
Sleep length may affect risk of falls and fractures
Compared with women in a recent study who slept seven to eight hours each night, women who slept for five hours or 10 hours had about a 25 percent increased odds of experiencing recurrent falls (falling at least twice in a year). (2018-11-21)
Drug used for PTSD may worsen nightmares, not reduce suicidal thoughts
Nightmares and insomnia often accompany posttraumatic stress disorder and increase suicide risk. (2018-11-19)
Insomniac prisoners sleeping better after one-hour therapy session
Three-quarters of prisoners struggling to sleep have reported major improvements after receiving cognitive behavioural therapy to treat their insomnia. (2018-11-15)
Surgical menopause leads to increased sleep issues
Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, with nearly 20 percent of postmenopausal women reporting sleep disturbances. (2018-11-14)
Double whammy for grieving spouses with sleep problems
Sleep disturbances have a strong negative impact on the immune system of people who have recently lost a spouse, reports a new study. (2018-11-08)
Injury to a parent can lead to sleep issues in children and teens
When children face an unsettling experience, such as the injury of a parent, it can alter their sleep habits, according to new research being presented at the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition. (2018-11-02)
A new therapeutic avenue for treating insomnia
Insomnia is one of the major sleep problems all over the world. (2018-10-25)
Medicating distress: Risky sedative prescriptions for older adults vary widely
A new study shows wide variation in prescriptions of sedative drugs, called benzodiazepines, to people with Medicare coverage. (2018-10-18)
Novel antidepressant may improve sleep in patients with depression
In a study of 15 patients affected by major depressive disorder and complaining of insomnia, initiating treatment with vortioxetine for their depressive symptoms led to significant improvements in subjective sleep quality and daytime sleepiness. (2018-10-17)
Benzodiazepines in patients with COPD and PTSD may increase suicide risk
Long-term use of benzodiazepine medications in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, as well as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may lead to increased suicide risk, according to a study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2018-10-12)
UCI researchers discover molecular mechanisms of ancient herbal remedies
Researchers in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine have discovered the molecular basis for a therapeutic action of an ancient herbal medicine used across Africa to treat various illnesses, including epilepsy. (2018-10-10)
Do not give decongestants to young children for common cold symptoms, say experts
Decongestants should not be given to children under 6 -- and given with caution in children under 12 -- as there is no evidence that they alleviate symptoms such as a blocked or runny nose, and their safety is unclear, say experts in The BMJ today. (2018-10-10)
Insomnia therapy may slow or reverse cortical gray matter atrophy in fibromyalgia
Preliminary findings from a pilot study suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) may slow or even reverse the atrophy of cortical gray matter in patients who have co-morbid fibromyalgia. (2018-10-02)
Insomnia symptoms, overall health improve with online insomnia program
Treating insomnia with digital programs can improve insomnia symptoms, daytime functioning and overall health, a new study from the University of Oxford and Northwestern Medicine has found. (2018-09-25)
UNM study shows medical cannabis effective in treating a wide range of health conditions
Utilizing new mobile application technology, researchers at The University of New Mexico found that medical cannabis provides immediate symptom relief across dozens of health symptoms with relatively minimal negative side effects. (2018-09-10)
Prostate problems also associated with sleep disorders and depression
Men who suffer from urological problems such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract and bladder problems or infertility issues often also suffer from depression and sleep disorders. (2018-08-31)
Pain, insomnia, and depression often drive osteoarthritis patients to seek medical care
Pain was the main driver of seeking medical care in an Arthritis Care & Research study of patients with osteoarthritis. (2018-08-22)
New approach to treating chronic itch
Two receptors in the spinal cord and the right experimental drug: Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new approach that suppresses itch. (2018-08-14)
Neural link between depression and bad sleep identified
The neural link between depression and sleep problems has been identified for the first time in a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick (UK) and Fudan University (China). (2018-07-25)
Mindfulness is key to tinnitus relief research reveals
New studies suggest mindfulness-based CBT could significantly help tinnitus sufferers. (2018-07-01)
In women, even mild sleep problems may raise blood pressure
For women, even mild sleep problems can raise blood pressure, finds a new study. (2018-06-26)
Fatigue is a common but underestimated symptom of endometriosis
Two papers published in Human Reproduction journal show that the prevalence of fatigue is more than doubled in women with endometriosis but is underestimated, meaning that doctors should be making greater efforts to discuss and treat this debilitating symptom in these women, and that a history of some types of child abuse is linked to an increased likelihood of endometriosis in adulthood. (2018-06-26)
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