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FDA Approves Drug to Treat Infants, Children with HIV

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tivicay (dolutegravir) tablets and Tivicay PD (dolutegravir) tablets for suspension to treat HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients at least four weeks old and weighing at least 3 kg (6.61 pounds) in combination with other antiretroviral treatments.

For babies and young children with HIV, getting treatment early is very important. HIV can progress more quickly in children than adults.

For babies and young children with HIV, getting treatment early is very important. HIV can progress more quickly in children than adults.

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American Heart Association reports Insomnia tied to higher risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Previous observational studies have found an association between insomnia, which affects up to 30% of the general population, and an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

Data from more than a million people found that genetic liability to insomnia may increase the risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. (American Heart Association)

Data from more than a million people found that genetic liability to insomnia may increase the risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. (American Heart Association)

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Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center tackles Traumatic Brain Injuries

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Since Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center opened more than two years ago, it has allowed staff to take a multidisciplinary approach to treating traumatic brain injuries and associated conditions.

The center consolidates many different specialties under one roof to optimize the efficiency of the treatment offered to patients. Elsewhere, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence close to Washington, other similar centers such as the one at Fort Hood, along with centers operated by the Navy and Marine Corps all have the same treatment philosophy as Fort Campbell’s Intrepid Spirit Center.

The Intrepid Spirit Center is using the heightened awareness about brain injuries during the Brain Injury Awareness Month observances in March to increase education about TBI on Fort Campbell.

Charles Brill, a physician’s assistant who works at the Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit Center, uses acupuncture to relieve a patient’s pain March 20, 2017. After inserting all of the needles, Brill will use a small amount of electricity to stimulate the needles, which often results in lowered chronic pain for patients at the center, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat traumatic brain injuries. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Charles Brill, a physician’s assistant who works at the Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit Center, uses acupuncture to relieve a patient’s pain March 20, 2017. After inserting all of the needles, Brill will use a small amount of electricity to stimulate the needles, which often results in lowered chronic pain for patients at the center, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat traumatic brain injuries. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Consumer Reports says Widespread Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs May Pose Serious Health Risks

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Too many people with insomnia routinely rely on over-the-counter sleep medications on a daily basis, finds Consumer Reports.

Given how many people develop a habit of taking these drugs, CR takes a closer look at the claim “non–habit forming,” found on packaging for these widely available medications, and notes that dependency can be psychological in nature and not necessarily physical.

Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs possibly linked to increased risk of dementia

Misuse of Common OTC Sleep Drugs possibly linked to increased risk of dementia

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American Heart Association reports Poor Sleep may increase risk for Irregular Heart Rhythms

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Disruptions in sleep may be raising your risks of an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation (AF), according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications. But whether there’s a relationship between disrupted sleep and atrial fibrillation even when there’s no sleep apnea is unclear.

Poor sleep – even if you don’t have sleep apnea – may be linked to higher risks of developing an irregular heartbeat. (American Heart Association)

Poor sleep – even if you don’t have sleep apnea – may be linked to higher risks of developing an irregular heartbeat. (American Heart Association)

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Sleep disorders may influence heart disease risk factors says American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Scientific Statement

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Sleep problems including sleeping too little or too long, may be linked to a variety of factors that may raise the risk for cardiovascular diseases, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The first statement by the American Heart Association on sleep and heart health outlines what we currently know about sleep irregularities and cardiovascular-related risk factors, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, stroke, unhealthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.

Research linking sleep problems to obesity and diabetes is robust, but longer studies measuring impact on actual weight are needed. (American Heart Association)

Research linking sleep problems to obesity and diabetes is robust, but longer studies measuring impact on actual weight are needed. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Sound Therapy may balance brain signals to reduce Blood Pressure, Migraines

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report Abstracts P310, P602

American Heart AssociationOrlando, FL – A noninvasive neurotechnology, which uses sound to balance right- and left-side brain frequencies was associated with lowered blood pressure, improved heart rate variability, and reduced symptoms of migraine headaches, according to two small studies presented at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions.

The neurotechnology, called High-resolution, relational, resonance based, electroencephalic mirroring, or HIRREM® (Brain State Technologies, Scottsdale, Arizona), uses sensors placed on the scalp to measure brain electrical activity, and detect right/left imbalances, or hyperarousal, according to study author Hossam A. Shaltout, R.Ph., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Spectrograph presenting brain electrical activity before HIRREM sessions. (Dr. Charles H. Tegeler, MD, Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine)

Spectrograph presenting brain electrical activity before HIRREM sessions. (Dr. Charles H. Tegeler, MD, Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine)

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American Heart Association says Insomnia may significantly increase Stroke Risk

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The risk also seems to be far greater when insomnia occurs as a young adult compared to those who are older, said researchers who reviewed the randomly-selected health records of more than 21,000 people with insomnia and 64,000 non-insomniacs in Taiwan.

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Tired of Losing Sleep Over Your Decisions? Time for Change

 

CompassClarksville, TN – Is your compass broken? Lost? Never owned one?

We all feel lost sometimes. It’s a freaky feeling. You feel frustrated, confused, even panic stricken. You pull over, palms sweating, try to find your bearings, double check your directions, reset your navigation.

But what do you do if you don’t have directions, navigation, or a compass? You might know where to go, but you won’t know how to get there. You might stop for directions, or call someone to ask for their advice, but how do you know if you can trust them? How long do you wander before you turn around and go back? «Read the rest of this article»

 

Insomnia could moderately raise your heart attack risk

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Having trouble sleeping? If so, you could have a moderately higher risk of having a heart attack, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a recent study, the risk of heart attack in people with insomnia ranged from 27 percent to 45 percent greater than for people who rarely experienced trouble sleeping.

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