BREAKING NEWS
Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemo
 

Participation in a Tibetan yoga program (TYP) during chemotherapy results in modest, short-term benefits in sleep quality, with long-term benefits seen for those who practice at least twice weekly, research in Cancer suggests. Researchers randomized women with breast cancer (stage I to III) who were undergoing chemotherapy to TYP, stretching program, or usual care and found that at one week after treatment, patients in the TYP group reported fewer daily disturbances versus those in the STP and usual-care groups.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Bicycling ‘Overloads’ Movement Networks With Parkinson’s
 

Bicycling suppresses abnormal beta synchrony in the Parkinsonian basal ganglia, research in the Annals of Neurology finds. Researchers compared bicycling and walking in Parkinson’s disease patients. They found that, in patients without freezing gait, both bicycling and walking led to suppression of subthalamic beta power, and this suppression was stronger for bicycling. For those with freezing gait, a similar pattern was observed. However, a movement-induced, narrowband power increase around 18 Hz was evident even in the absence of freezing.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Sleep Deprivation a Serious Threat to Health: Expert
 

The current levels of sleep deprivation are a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic,” causing harm to your biology, sleep expert Matthew Walker told The Guardian. Long commutes, increased melding of work and personal time, electric lights, and too much time in front of televisions and computers contribute to sleep deprivation, defined as less than seven hours of sleep a night. A lack of sleep has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and poor mental health.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Serum Cystatin C Predicts Mortality With Cirrhotic Ascites
 

Serum cystatin C level is an excellent predictor of mortality in patients with cirrhotic ascites, research in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests. Researchers prospectively enrolled 350 patients with cirrhotic ascites to evaluate the prognostic efficacy of serum cystatin C level and found international normalized ratio (INR) and serum bilirubin, sodium, and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of mortality; INR and serum sodium and cystatin C levels were independent predictors of development of type 1 hepatorenal syndrome.


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Concussion May Increase Multiple Sclerosis Risk
 

Concussion during adolescence increases the risk of subsequent multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, research in the Annals of Neurology suggests. Using hospital diagnoses and Multiple Sclerosis registers, Swedish researchers found that concussion in adolescence was associated with an elevated risk of MS (adjusted odds ratio for one concussion, 1.22; adjusted odds ratio for more than one concussion, 2.33), compared with no concussions. “[This association is] possibly due to initiation of an autoimmune process in the central nervous system,” the authors write.


Fri, 22 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS
High Rate of Anemia Seen After Weight-Loss Surgery
 

For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery may lead to anemia, according to a research letter in JAMA Surgery. In a study of 74 patients (78% men; average age, 51 years) who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), the overall rate of anemia before surgery was 20%, but by 10 years after surgery that number had risen to 47%. Anemia rates were lower among patients who consulted regularly with their weight-loss physician, however, at 13% before surgery and 19% a decade later.


Fri, 22 Sep 2017 BREAKING NEWS