ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
FITNESS
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Run for Your Life
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
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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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