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In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Study paticipant reports of sleep disorder frequency, sleep patterns and complaints of excessive daytime sleepiness suggest that sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic in the MS population.

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A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this is only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.  Using designer genes, researchers were able to 'turn on' specific neurons in the brainstem that result in deep sleep.

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Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to weight gain, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and earlier death. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment - cognitive behavioural therapy.

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Getting enough sleep is important to people of any age, but it is especially so for teenagers, with insufficient sleep possibly being linked to obesity as an adult.

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A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness disorder involves confusion or inappropriate behaviour, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm, during or following arousals from sleep, either during the first part of the night or in the morning. An episode, often triggered by a forced awakening, may even cause violent behaviour during sleep or amnesia of the episode.

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Ever wondered about the effects of binge sleeping? Are naps bad or how long should you nap for? For all these myths debunked follow the link

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Asthma and Athletes

Asthma and Athletes

Many athletes struggle with competition due to having asthma. Exercise is in fact one of the most common triggers of an asthma attack. There are different ways however, to manage asthma that is triggered by exercise and having your asthma under control can will allow you to continue to play and breathe easily. Asthma and athletes

Asbestos and the Lungs

photo_asbestos150Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used for over 4500 years and is one of the most useful and versatile materials known to mankind. It is also a banned substance in Australia due to its dangerous effects on the lungs and its proven connection to lung cancer and Asbestosis. Asbestos and the Lungs

Bronchoscopy

photo_bronch150A bronchoscopy involves the use of a flexible fibreoptic (video) scope to examine the main airways of your lungs. The bronchoscope will be inserted into your lungs through your mouth, however you will be given sedatives and anesthetic so you will not feel a thing. Bronchoscopy

Asthma and Diving

asthmadivingThe bronchial narrowing in asthma has two effects: one is to decrease the amount of air that can be moved in and out of the lungs. This can reduce exercise capacity - especially for a diver - due to the external resistance of his breathing apparatus and the increased gas density at depth. Asthma and Diving

Home Oxygen THerapy

photo_homeo2150The aim of home oxygen therapy is to increase the levels of oxygen in the blood, relax the blood vessels in the lungs and to avoid the long term conditions that chronic low oxygen levels can cause. Home Oxygen Therapy

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