ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
FITNESS
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms

THURSDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A session of moderate aerobic exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve the quality of sleep for insomnia patients, according to a Brazilian study. Heavy aerobic or moderate strength exercises don't have the same effect.

Researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo divided 28 women and eight men with primary chronic insomnia into three exercise groups -- moderate aerobic, heavy aerobic, and moderate strength -- and one control group.

After the exercise session, those who did moderate aerobic exercise showed reductions in sleep onset latency (54 percent) and wake time (36 percent) and increases in total sleep time (21 percent) and sleep efficiency (18 percent). They also showed a 7 percent decrease in anxiety.

"These findings indicate that there is a way to diminish the symptoms of insomnia without using medication," study author Giselle S. Passos said in a prepared statement.

"This is the first study to look at the importance of using physical exercise to treat insomnia and may contribute to increased quality of life in people with one of the most important kind of sleep disorders around the world," Passos said.

The findings were presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Baltimore.

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SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 11, 2008

Last Updated: June 12, 2008

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