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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
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Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
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Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
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Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
CAREGIVING
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Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
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Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
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Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
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Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
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Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
B Vitamins Might Lower Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
EYE CARE, VISION
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Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
FITNESS
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
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Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Help Your Kids Stay Active
MEN'S HEALTH
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Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
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MENTAL HEALTH
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A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
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Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who live with and provide direct care during the night for someone with dementia have significantly worse sleep than other older adults, U.S. researchers say.

The study compared 31 caregivers and 102 noncaregivers, ages 60 to 89. Caregivers slept about 33 minutes less per night than non-caregivers and took about 10 minutes longer to fall asleep. Caregivers also had more variable sleep from night-to-night, reported lower sleep quality, more daytime sleepiness, and more symptoms of depression.

"On average, caregivers, only slept about six-and-a-half hours a night and took almost 23 minutes to fall asleep," primary investigator Meredith Rowe, an associate professor at the University of Florida, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release.

"Using the sleep diary data that subjects kept at the same time, however, depression was the primary determinant of poor sleep, with depressed subjects reporting less time asleep and more wake time over the week," she said.

Rowe and colleagues were surprised by the finding that caregivers took a longer time to fall asleep, which is consistent with the increased worry and concern that may burden them.

The researchers said they expected the caregivers' main cause of sleep loss to be more time awake during the night when the person with dementia required supervision. However, both caregivers and non-caregivers had an average of more than 40 minutes of time awake during the night after initially falling asleep.

The study was published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, Aug. 15, 2008

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2008

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