If an insomnia demon rears its ugly head from your pillow, seek help sooner rather than later, sleep experts say. Though 30% of the nation complains of disturbed sleep patterns, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, most people can cope with a few sleepless nights.
Archive for August, 2009
The molecular mechanisms of tungstate activity in diabetes have been uncovered. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Genomics have identified the pathways through which sodium tungstate improves pancreatic function and beta cell proliferation.
Americans must become more creative with their resolutions for sweet cravings, avoiding treats with added sugars. For the first time ever, the American Heart Association has released specific guidelines for daily limits of added sugars. Their recommendations are a significant reduction from the current average daily dose that Americans consume.
Health magazineís story ìWalk a Little, Live a Lot (Longer)î proves that you donít need to run a marathon (or even a half marathon) to stay fit. In fact, you donít need to run at all: Squeezing in some extra walking every day is a great way to burn calories, boost mood, and lower your risk of disease.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious condition marked by the permanent loss of kidney function. When the kidneys are damaged, the organs can’t remove wastes and extra water from the blood as well as they should and the result can be a host of serious and even deadly health consequences. But now researchers in the United Kingdom have made a breakthrough in the treatment of advanced CKD — and it doesn’t involve a new drug or high tech surgery.
Sure, allergy drugs work, but they all come with side effects, ranging from nasal irritation to dry mouth to drowsiness. They can be costly, too. That’s why many folks are attracted to a home remedy known as nasal rinsing, washing or irrigation.
A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today. Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years.
Everyone at some point in their lives has suffered from a horrendous case of morning breath – the type that makes your partner’s eyes water or that the kids cower away from. For most of us the cure is simple, a quick brush followed by a gargle of mouth wash and you are set for the day.
Kudzu, the nuisance vine that has overgrown almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States, may sprout into a dietary supplement. Scientists in Alabama and Iowa are reporting the first evidence that root extracts from kudzu show promise as a dietary supplement for a high-risk condition – metabolic syndrome – that affects almost 50 million people in the United States alone.