Sleep Health

Benzodiazepine associated with higher risk of dementia for people over 65

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that people over 65 who start taking benzodiazepine are at a 50 percent increased risk for developing dementia within 15 years compared to people who never took the anxiety and insomnia medication. The study was published in today.

Benzodiazepine is prescribed to people over 65 in France at a rate of 30 percent, in Canada at 20 percent, and in Spain at 15 percent. In the UK and US it is prescribed less often, however, many patients have continued to take the medication for years even though the prescribing guidelines suggests to limit the medication. Other studies have found increased risk for dementia, while other study results did not see the risk.

Chronic Sleep Deprivation hurts Bone Health

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(Best Syndication News) - A study of rats found that bone and marrow abnormalities were present in rodents who lacked sleep on a long-term basis. The researchers found abnormal blood serum levels that measure bone metabolism in the rats lacking in sleep. The study was reported in the September 2012 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin investigated further by directly measuring bone parameters in rats that had been sleep deprived for much of their young adulthood.

Sleep Apnea rate in 20-Year-old Women was seen 50 percent of the time

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Sweden found that women have a high rate of obstructive sleep apnea. They found 50 percent of the 20-year-old participants had obstructive sleep apnea. The women who were obese or had hypertension had a higher rate of sleep apnea. The results were published online today in the European Respiratory Journal.

The condition occurs when a person sleeps and their airway becomes blocked preventing regular breathing. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be determined by the number of pauses.

OSA is usually associated with men, but this new research sheds light on OSA in women. This study suggests that it should be identified as a problem for females too.

Early Puberty and Problems of Infertility associated with Childhood Obesity

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(Best Syndication News) - An overview of childhood obesity emphasizes the potential impact it has for early puberty and infertility problems, particularly with girls. Patrick Chappell, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, is the author of the report, which was published in Frontiers in Endocrinology.

Chappell explains that nutritional conditions play a vital role in reproduction. Obesity is known to be associated with metabolic syndrome, which can affect fertility. The lack of nutrition can also cause reproduction problems.

Generally, girls are starting puberty earlier and it has accelerated.

Kolcraft Baby Bassinet Recall announced for needed Repair

Kolcraft bassinets involved in the recall - CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall four model numbers of Kolcraft baby bassinets because the locking mechanism may not be fully locked-in and could cause the bed to fall. The company is offering consumers who have the recalled bassinet a free repair kit to fix the problem.

The recall was issued after the CPSC and Kolcraft received seven reports of the bassinet detaching from the metal frame. One infant sustained a bruised cheek from the falling bassinet while being inside of it.

Around 46,000 bassinets are involved in the recall. They and were at stores and being sold between July 2008 and May 2012. The bassinets were sold nationwide at mass-market retailers, children specialty stores, and online with a price between $50 and $100.

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