|'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues
'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Sleep drunkenness" is more common than previously thought, affecting about one in 15 Americans, according to a new study that looked at the sleeping habits of more than 19,000 adults. Also called confusional arousal, the condition causes people to wake up in a confused state, not knowing where they are. In the most severe cases, they can injure themselves or others, explained lead researcher Dr. ...
Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests
Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Declining mental skills appear to raise a person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 18 studies -- most conducted in Europe or North America -- and found that people with memory and thinking problems were 39 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than those with normal mental function. When the team broadened its definition of mental decline (clinically called "cognitiv...
Start School Later for Older Kids, Pediatricians Urge
Start School Later for Older Kids, Pediatricians Urge MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging. Ideally, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, the first bell should ring at 8:30 a.m. or later -- which is the case at only 15 percent of U.S. high schools right now. At the very least, classes should start no earlier than 8 a.m., said Dr. Judith ...
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA
Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions: FDA TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As the fall sports season starts and young players face the risk of concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions are untested, unproven and possibly dangerous. These products are being sold on the Internet and in stores by companies attempting to exploit parents' increasing concerns about concussions, the agency said in a...
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Safe for Older Parkinson's Patients: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications when implanting deep brain stimulation devices in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease is no greater in older patients than younger ones, a new study shows. The treatment involves placing electrodes in specific parts of the brain. The new findings should ease concerns about using the devices in patients older than 75, the Duke University researchers said. They a...
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First
When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from PET and MRI brain scans and found that enormous amounts of energy are used by the human brain in the first few years of life, which means physical growth has to take a back seat during that time. For ...
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive care. The group's latest guidelines are aimed at a large swat...
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study
Playing Video Game May Boost MS Patients' Balance: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An exercise component of the popular Nintendo Wii video game may help multiple sclerosis patients improve their balance by rewiring their brains, a new study suggests. No medications exist to preserve balance in MS patients, and some drugs make balance worse, said study lead author Dr. Luca Prosperini, a neurologist at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. It appears that patients who use the Wii Balance Bo...
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle?
Health Tip: Did You Bruise a Muscle? (HealthDay News) -- Most of the time, a bruised muscle isn't a serious injury. But it can be a painful nuisance, especially among athletes and others who exercise frequently. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common symptoms of a muscle bruise include: Pain and swelling of the muscle. Reduced range of motion. Blue discoloration of the skin. Muscle stiffness and weakness.
Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says
Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests. The first step is to explain to children in an age-appropriate way that the vaccinations help protect their health, said Rita John, director of the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University School o...
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