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Energy drinks jolt children, adolescents with too much caffeine

Energy drinks jolt children, adolescents with too much caffeine

When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included, every second child and more than one in three adolescents aged 15-17 consume too much caffeine. [More]
Loyola neurologist finds little scientific evidence that brain games improve cognitive function

Loyola neurologist finds little scientific evidence that brain games improve cognitive function

Computerized brain games that are advertised as a way to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia will be popular Christmas gifts this year. [More]
Insomnia is a marker for increased risk of back pain, say University of Haifa researchers

Insomnia is a marker for increased risk of back pain, say University of Haifa researchers

Having trouble sleeping? Then you are nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to eventually suffer from back pain, according to a new study conducted by the University of Haifa. [More]
Older adults participating in hospital-based exercise program report less pain, stiffness and fatigue

Older adults participating in hospital-based exercise program report less pain, stiffness and fatigue

It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can be beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions. A new study at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that older adults experienced less pain, reduced stiffness and less fatigue after participating in a hospital-based exercise program. [More]
Top ten priorities for research into management of Parkinson's

Top ten priorities for research into management of Parkinson's

Patients with Parkinson's, medics and carers have identified the top ten priorities for research into the management of the condition in a study by the University of East Anglia and Parkinson's UK. [More]
Inspira, RowanSOM partner to provide quality behavioral health care in South Jersey area

Inspira, RowanSOM partner to provide quality behavioral health care in South Jersey area

Inspira Health Network is pleased to announce a new partnership with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine for its behavioral health programs in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. [More]
Revolutionising back pain treatments: an interview with Dr Kieran O’Sullivan

Revolutionising back pain treatments: an interview with Dr Kieran O’Sullivan

Back pain is exceptionally common. In fact, to not experience back pain at some point of your life would be thoroughly abnormal. Experiencing back pain is like becoming tired or becoming sad; we don’t necessarily like it, but it’s perfectly common. [More]
People need to watch distinct warning signs of holiday depression

People need to watch distinct warning signs of holiday depression

While the holidays are a time of merriment and festivities for many, some people struggle with depression during this time of year. [More]
Boston Scientific Precision Spectra SCS System provides sustained relief for low back pain patients

Boston Scientific Precision Spectra SCS System provides sustained relief for low back pain patients

New retrospective data evaluating the Boston Scientific Corporation Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System demonstrate that the device provided sustained, highly significant relief of low back pain 12 months after implantation. [More]

HDM introduces new Z1 Auto CPAP that customizes therapy by monitoring pressure requirements

On Friday, December 12, 2014 Human Design Medical, LLC (HDM) announced its Z1 Auto CPAP, which makes a quantum leap forward in CPAP therapy. The new Z1 Auto customizes therapy for each individual by monitoring pressure requirements thousands of times per night. Unlike fixed pressure CPAP devices, the Z1 Auto automatically responds to changes in breathing patterns and delivers maximum comfort by using the lowest possible therapy pressure throughout the sleep cycle. [More]

Flexible work start times can help reduce chronic sleep loss

A new study shows that paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep and suggests that chronic sleep loss potentially could be prevented by strategies that make work start times more flexible. [More]
OSU researchers review studies on effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss

OSU researchers review studies on effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss

If dieting is on your New Year agenda, it might pay to be mindful of a study suggesting there is little hard evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. [More]
Tips to reduce migraine risk during holiday season

Tips to reduce migraine risk during holiday season

Certain foods and drinks can trigger migraine in many people, and those who suffer from migraines need to be especially careful to avoid these triggers as they attend holiday celebrations. With this in mind, the American Migraine Foundation and its Chair, David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, want to help people with migraine avoid these potential triggers, so that they can better enjoy the season. Dr. Dodick is also Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Scottsdale, AZ). [More]
New study finds that poor sleep may lead to dementia

New study finds that poor sleep may lead to dementia

People who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain that are associated with dementia, according to a new study published in the December 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Sleep-related breathing problems, lack of sleep may increase risk of childhood obesity

Sleep-related breathing problems, lack of sleep may increase risk of childhood obesity

Sleep-related breathing problems and chronic lack of sleep may each double the risk of a child becoming obese by age 15, according to new research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The good news is that both sleep problems can be corrected. [More]
Alcohol consumption interferes with sleep homeostasis

Alcohol consumption interferes with sleep homeostasis

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that drinking alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body's sleep-regulating mechanism. [More]
Arrhythmia patients who manage lifestyle factors more likely to have long-term survival

Arrhythmia patients who manage lifestyle factors more likely to have long-term survival

Patients suffering from the world's most common heart rhythm disorder can have their long-term outcomes significantly improved with an aggressive management of their underlying cardiac risk factors, according to University of Adelaide researchers. [More]
Study evaluates effect of 2011 ACGME duty hour reforms on patient outcomes

Study evaluates effect of 2011 ACGME duty hour reforms on patient outcomes

In the first year after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) reduced the number of continuous hours that residents can work, there was no change in the rate of death or readmission among hospitalized Medicare patients, according to a new study published in JAMA. [More]

Clinical markers help identify PD patients with cholinergic deficits

Assessing patients for clinical markers of cholinergic system denervation is viable and can help identify suitable individuals for trials of new anticholinergic drugs, researchers believe. [More]
Good first aid kit can help make your vacation perfect

Good first aid kit can help make your vacation perfect

Planning a vacation? Make a little room in your luggage for a travel first aid kit. It won't cost much, and it won't take up much space. Once you reach your destination, you won't need to reach any further than your suitcase to relieve those minor aches and pains that can put a major damper on your plans. [More]