ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
CANCER
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Functional Foods Uncovered
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
EYE CARE, VISION
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Maximize Your Run
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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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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