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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332862/using-relaxation-techniques-to-improve-sleep-during-naps
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Eden Debellemaniere, Danielle Gomez-Merino, Mégane Erblang, Rodolphe Dorey, Michel Genot, Edith Perreaut-Pierre, André Pisani, Laurent Rocco, Fabien Sauvet, Damien Léger, Arnaud Rabat, Mounir Chennaoui
Insufficient sleep is a common occurrence in occupational settings (e.g. doctors, drivers, soldiers). The resulting sleep debt can lead to daytime sleepiness, fatigue, mood disorder, and cognitive deficits as well as altered vascular, immune and inflammatory responses. Short daytime naps have been shown to be effective at counteracting negative outcomes related to sleep debt with positive effects on daytime sleepiness and performance after a normal or restricted night of sleep in laboratory settings. However, the environmental settings in the workplace and the emotional state of workers are generally not conducive to beneficial effects...
January 13, 2018: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327339/electronic-registry-for-the-management-of-childhood-obesity-in-greece
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Penio Kassari, Panagiotis Papaioannou, Antonis Billiris, Haralampos Karanikas, Stergiani Eleftheriou, Eleftherios Thireos, Yannis Manios, George P Chrousos, Evangelia Charmandari
BACKGROUND: Obesity in childhood and adolescence represents a major health problem in our century. In Greece, more than 30-35% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using information and communication technologies, we developed a "National Registry for the Prevention and Management of Overweight and Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence" for guidance and training of Pediatricians and General Practitioners. The application supports interoperability with other national infrastructures and multi-layered security spanning preventive, detective and administrative controls...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325791/the-therapeutic-effects-of-cannabis-and-cannabinoids-an-update-from-the-national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine-report
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REVIEW
Donald I Abrams
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine conducted a rapid turn-around comprehensive review of recent medical literature on The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. The 16-member committee adopted the key features of a systematic review process, conducting an extensive search of relevant databases and considered 10,000 recent abstracts to determine their relevance. Primacy was given to recently published systematic reviews and primary research that studied one of the committee's 11 prioritized health endpoints- therapeutic effects; cancer incidence; cardiometabolic risk; respiratory disease; immune function; injury and death; prenatal, perinatal and postnatal outcomes; psychosocial outcomes; mental health; problem Cannabis use; and Cannabis use and abuse of other substances...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325450/symptom-science-omics-supports-common-biological-underpinnings-across-symptoms
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Maura K McCall, Ansley Grimes Stanfill, Elizabeth Skrovanek, Jessica Renee Pforr, Susan W Wesmiller, Yvette P Conley
For precision health care to be successful, an in-depth understanding of the biological mechanisms for symptom development and severity is essential. Omics-based research approaches facilitate identification of the biological underpinnings of symptoms. We reviewed literature for omics-based approaches and exemplar symptoms (sleep disruption, cognitive impairment, fatigue, gastrointestinal [GI] distress, and pain) to identify genes associated with the symptom or symptoms across disease processes. The review yielded 27 genes associated with more than one symptom...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317057/the-complex-associations-between-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-auto-immune-disorders-a-review
#5
Mayand Vakil, Steven Park, Anna Broder
Obstructive sleep apnea is known to be associated with diseases such as hypertension, metabolic disorder, and cancer. A more controversial and less understood association is that of sleep apneas and the development and worsening of autoimmune and rheumatologic disorders. Through the main pathways of intermittent hypoxia and sleep deprivation, we hypothesize that obstructive sleep apnea creates a chronic inflammatory state that worsens or incites autoimmune disorders. This thorough review of the available literature highlights our current understanding of the relationship between these disease processes in order to demonstrate the importance of diagnosis and appropriate management of sleep disorders in patients suffering from rheumatologic diseases...
January 2018: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316709/screaming-body-and-silent-healthcare-providers-a-case-study-with-a-childhood-sexual-abuse-survivor
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REVIEW
Sigrun Sigurdardottir, Sigridur Halldorsdottir
Stressful early life experiences cause immune dysregulation across the lifespan. Despite the fact that studies have identified childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors as a particularly vulnerable group, only a few attempts have been made to study their lived-experience of the physical health consequences of CSA. The aim of this study was to explore a female CSA survivor's lived-experience of the physical health consequences of CSA and how she experienced the reactions of healthcare providers. Seven interviews were conducted with this 40-year-old woman, Anne, using a phenomenological research approach...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302035/sleeping-sickness-is-a-circadian-disorder
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Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Tânia Carvalho, Cristina Afonso, Margarida Sanches-Vaz, Rui M Costa, Luísa M Figueiredo, Joseph S Takahashi
Sleeping sickness is a fatal disease caused by Trypanosoma brucei, a unicellular parasite that lives in the bloodstream and interstitial spaces of peripheral tissues and the brain. Patients have altered sleep/wake cycles, body temperature, and endocrine profiles, but the underlying causes are unknown. Here, we show that the robust circadian rhythms of mice become phase advanced upon infection, with abnormal activity occurring during the rest phase. This advanced phase is caused by shortening of the circadian period both at the behavioral level as well as at the tissue and cell level...
January 4, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300730/physical-activity-sleep-and-risk-of-respiratory-infections-a-swedish-cohort-study
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Francesca Ghilotti, Ann-Sofie Pesonen, Sara E Raposo, Henric Winell, Olof Nyrén, Ylva Trolle Lagerros, Amelie Plymoth
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies found higher levels of physical activity to be protective against infections and that short and long sleep negatively affects the immune response. However, these relationships remain debatable. We aimed to investigate if physical activity and sleep habits affect incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) in a prospective cohort study. METHODS: A total of 2,038 adults aged 25-64 years served as a random sample of the gainfully employed population of an industrial town in Sweden...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283409/omentin-a-novel-adipokine-in-respiratory-diseases
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REVIEW
Yan Zhou, Bo Zhang, Caixia Hao, Xiaoting Huang, Xiaohong Li, Yanhong Huang, Ziqiang Luo
Adipokines, secreted by the adipose tissue, are extensively involved in the regulation and maintenance of various physiological and pathological processes, including insulin sensitivity, energy expenditure, glucose and lipid metabolism, inflammatory activity, neuroendocrine activity, immunity, cancer, homeostasis, angiogenesis, cardiovascular function, breeding and bone metabolism, and all functions of the endocrine-reproductive system axis. Omentin is a recently identified adipokine, which has become a research hotspot due to its pleiotropic effects on various diseases...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277338/hypothalamic-abnormalities-growth-failure-due-to-defects-of-the-ghrh-receptor
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Manuel H Aguiar-Oliveira, Caridad Davalos, Viviane C Campos, Luiz A Oliveira Neto, Cindi G Marinho, Carla R P Oliveira
Several acquired or congenital hypothalamic abnormalities may cause growth failure (GF). We described two of these congenital abnormalities. First, a case of CHARGE syndrome, an epigenetic disorder mostly caused by heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding CHD7, a chromatin remodeling protein, causing several malformations, some life-threatening, with additional secondary hypothalamus-hypophyseal dysfunction, including GF. Second, a cohort of individuals with genetic isolated severe GH deficiency (IGHD), due to a homozygous mutation in the GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) receptor gene described in Itabaianinha County, in northeast Brazil...
December 20, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251845/melatonin-adolescence-and-the-brain-an-insight-into-the-period-specific-influences-of-a-multifunctional-signaling-molecule
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REVIEW
O J Onaolapo, A Y Onaolapo
Melatonin is a neurohormone that is involved in the modulation of a wide range of physiological processes, including maintenance of the circadian rhythm, mediation of photoperiodic information, regulation of the sleep-wake cycle, synchronization of cell physiology, antioxidant defense, and immune-modulation. Although there are reports of increasing use of melatonin in the management of a number of health conditions, evidence exists that is suggestive of deleterious effects of melatonin administration on brain and reproductive development in the prepubertal and pubertal periods that are within the teenage years...
December 1, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249963/exploring-the-association-between-alzheimer-s-disease-oral-health-microbial-endocrinology-and-nutrition
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REVIEW
Alice Harding, Ulrike Gonder, Sarita J Robinson, StJohn Crean, Sim K Singhrao
Longitudinal monitoring of patients suggests a causal link between chronic periodontitis and the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the explanation of how periodontitis can lead to dementia remains unclear. A working hypothesis links extrinsic inflammation as a secondary cause of AD. This hypothesis suggests a compromised oral hygiene leads to a dysbiotic oral microbiome whereby Porphyromonas gingivalis, a keystone periodontal pathogen, with its companion species, orchestrates immune subversion in the host...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247999/interleukin-1-gene-polymorphism-and-susceptibility-to-disease
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REVIEW
Khaled Khazim, Etti Ester Azulay, Batya Kristal, Idan Cohen
The Interleukin 1 (IL-1) family plays a central role in the generation and regulation of inflammatory responses, in both innate and adaptive immunity. Although the IL-1 molecules are traditionally considered to be classical proinflammatory cytokines, their functions are not restricted to inflammation, and they have also been shown to play a key role in a wide range of additional physiological and pathological functions, including learning modulation, sleep, pregnancy, depression, appetite, hematopoiesis, metabolism, and many others...
January 2018: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247296/decrease-of-perforin-positive-cd3-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-disordered-breathing
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Richard Staats, Raquel Rodrigues, André Barros, Leonor Bacelar-Nicolau, Margarida Aguiar, Dina Fernandes, Susana Moreira, André Simões, Bruno Silva-Santos, João Valença Rodrigues, Cristina Barbara, António Bugalho de Almeida, Luis Ferreira Moita
INTRODUCTION: Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) cause sleep fragmentation, intermittent hypoxia or a combination of both leading to homeostasis perturbations, including in the immune system. We investigated whether SRBD patients with or without intermittent hypoxia show substantial differences in perforin and granzyme-B positive peripheral blood lymphocytes. METHODS: A total of 87 subjects were included and distributed as follows: 24 controls (C), 19 patients with respiratory effort related arousals due to increased upper airway resistance (UAR) without hypoxic events, 24 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) (oOSA), and 20 without obesity (noOSA)...
December 15, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238761/dupilumab-human-monoclonal-antibody-against-il-4r%C3%AE-for-moderate-to-severe-atopic-dermatitis
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D M Paton
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common skin disorders with a prevalence of about 20% in children and affecting adults in significant numbers. Moderate to severe AD significantly impairs a patient's quality of life with severe pruritus as a major issue that impairs sleep and contributes to major psychological disturbances. Detailed studies of its pathogenesis have revealed that immune mechanisms are involved including activation of T helper type 2 cells (Th2). Dupilumab is a fully human Ig4 monoclonal antibody directed against the interleukin-4 receptor subunit α (IL-4Rα) of IL-4 and IL-13 receptors...
September 2017: Drugs of Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231431/-micro-invasive-embedding-combined-with-montelukast-sodium-for-children-cough-variant-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Xiaoyan Wang, Baoqin Liu, Bin Lu, Yanmei Zhang, Liran Wang, Haijin Li, Xue Han, Dan Ding
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of micro-invasive embedding combined with montelukast sodium and simple montelukast sodium for children cough variant asthma (CVA). METHODS: A total of 240 patients were randomly assigned into an observation group and a control group, 120 cases in each one. Considering of cases dropping, 101 patients in the observation group and 105 cases in the control group were included. Montelukast sodium chewable tablets were applied before sleep for 3 months in the control group, 5 mg a time, once a day...
March 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215045/auditory-closed-loop-stimulation-of-eeg-slow-oscillations-strengthens-sleep-and-signs-of-its-immune-supportive-function
#17
Luciana Besedovsky, Hong-Viet V Ngo, Stoyan Dimitrov, Christoph Gassenmaier, Rainer Lehmann, Jan Born
Sleep is essential for health. Slow wave sleep (SWS), the deepest sleep stage hallmarked by electroencephalographic slow oscillations (SOs), appears of particular relevance here. SWS is associated with a unique endocrine milieu comprising minimum cortisol and high aldosterone, growth hormone (GH), and prolactin levels, thereby presumably fostering efficient adaptive immune responses. Yet, whether SWS causes these changes is unclear. Here we enhance SOs in men by auditory closed-loop stimulation, i.e., by delivering tones in synchrony with endogenous SOs...
December 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212563/clinically-relevant-and-simple-immune-system-measure-is-related-to-symptom-burden-in-bipolar-disorder
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Ole Köhler-Forsberg, Louisa Sylvia, Thilo Deckersbach, Michael Joshua Ostacher, Melvin McInnis, Dan Iosifescu, Charles Bowden, Susan McElroy, Joseph Calabrese, Michael Thase, Richard Charles Shelton, Mauricio Tohen, James Kocsis, Edward Friedman, Terence Ketter, Andrew Alan Nierenberg
OBJECTIVE: Immunological theories, particularly the sickness syndrome theory, may explain psychopathology in mood disorders. However, no clinical trials have investigated the association between overall immune system markers with a wide range of specific symptoms including potential gender differences. METHODS: We included two similar clinical trials, the lithium treatment moderate-dose use study and clinical and health outcomes initiatives in comparative effectiveness for bipolar disorder study, enrolling 765 participants with bipolar disorder...
December 7, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198093/-strenuous-and-prolonged-exercise-and-upper-respiratory-tract-infection-treatment-or-threat
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REVIEW
Danit Atias-Varon, Yuval Heled
Prolonged and strenuous exercise may lead to changes in the immune system function and to temporary suppression in defense against pathogens. These changes likely increase the risk of those engaging in prolonged and strenuous physical activity to develop upper respiratory tract infection and to reduce the level of performance. On the other hand, it appears that moderate physical activity reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infection. Various populations, such as professional athletes and soldiers in combat units, who engage in daily strenuous exercise, may therefore be a high risk group...
November 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186205/narcolepsy-susceptibility-gene-ccr3-modulates-sleep-wake-patterns-in-mice
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Hiromi Toyoda, Yoshiko Honda, Susumu Tanaka, Taku Miyagawa, Makoto Honda, Kazuki Honda, Katsushi Tokunaga, Tohru Kodama
Narcolepsy is caused by the loss of hypocretin (Hcrt) neurons and is associated with multiple genetic and environmental factors. Although abnormalities in immunity are suggested to be involved in the etiology of narcolepsy, no decisive mechanism has been established. We previously reported chemokine (C-C motif) receptor 3 (CCR3) as a novel susceptibility gene for narcolepsy. To understand the role of CCR3 in the development of narcolepsy, we investigated sleep-wake patterns of Ccr3 knockout (KO) mice. Ccr3 KO mice exhibited fragmented sleep patterns in the light phase, whereas the overall sleep structure in the dark phase did not differ between Ccr3 KO mice and wild-type (WT) littermates...
2017: PloS One
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