ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
CANCER
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin B12 Key to Aging Brain
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
FITNESS
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Maximize Your Run
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults

THURSDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy older adults cope better with sleep deprivation than younger adults, and daytime sleepiness among older adults isn't a normal part of aging, U.S. researchers say.

Their study included 11 older adults (aged 65 to 76) and 26 young adults (aged 18 to 29) who had three nights of eight hours of sleep followed by a 26-hour period of staying awake. During that period of wakefulness, the study participants remained sitting in bed and had someone in the room to help keep them awake. They weren't allowed to exercise or to drink caffeinated beverages.

After the period of wakefulness, the older adults were less impaired by sleep deprivation, showed faster reaction times and fewer performance lapses, paid better attention, and had fewer unintentional sleep episodes than the younger adults, the study authors found.

The study was published in the May 3 online issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

"Even very healthy adults like those in our study see a decline in sleep quality and duration as they age. And it is often assumed that daytime sleepiness in older adults is the result of the typical changes in nighttime sleep that come with age," Jeanne Duffy, of the sleep medicine division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release.

But these findings show "that daytime sleepiness in older adults should not be attributed to a normal consequence of the aging process. Rather, daytime sleepiness may instead be a result of a number of other potential factors, such as chronic medical conditions, undiagnosed sleep disorders, or side effects of medications older people may be taking," Duffy explained.

Duffy said older adults who fall asleep unintentionally during the daytime or early evening should be checked by a doctor for the underlying cause of their sleepiness.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about a good night's sleep.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, May 4, 2009

Last Updated: May 07, 2009

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