ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Olive Oil May Be Key to Mediterranean Diet's Benefits
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Functional Foods Uncovered
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Common Pesticide Tied to Development Delays in Kids
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Smog Tougher on the Obese
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
FITNESS
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
Vitamin E Helps Treat Common Liver Disease
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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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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