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What Is the Best Position for Sleep?

My name is Dr. Peter Martone. I am a chiropractor and an exercise physiologist. This is my “sleep story.” When I think back to my earliest memories when I was a child, I can still remember wanting to sleep on my side, which faced the crucifix on the wall in my room. I felt secure and protected and every morning I would end up at the end of my bed or even on the floor. I never stayed in one position. As years passed I continued to be a side…

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Opioid Addiction Now Surpasses Smoking

It’s time to face the facts. America has a very serious drug addiction problem, and it stems from overprescription of painkillers. According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse in general has also eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse is costing another $249 billion. In total, the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of diabetes, which is also…

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What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain

Science may still be discovering the mechanisms behind why sleep is so important to your health, but you have probably experienced waking up after a poor night’s sleep, feeling cranky, over-tired and mentally foggy. This is only a small fraction of the mental and physical health issues you may suffer from sleep deprivation. Sleep is one of the important pillars of good health; equally important as healthy foods, pure water and exercise. An increasing number of studies demonstrate how sleep relates to your sleep-wake cycles and plays a central role…

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Tips On How To Get Toodlers Brush Their Teeth

Good dental hygiene is important from the moment your child sprouts his first tooth, but oral care can be tricky when it comes to 2-year-olds who may not be thrilled about brushing and flossing. The trick to successful toddler teeth brushing is to make it a positive experience. Like Parent, Like Child Toddlers often love to mimic what their parents are doing. Use that to your advantage by brushing together with your child. Watching you brush your own teeth can make the process more interesting for your toddler, and you…

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what cigarette smoking does to your skin

By Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson   Smoking damages nearly every organ in the body. Whilst most people are familiar of its association with lung cancer, stroke and heart disease, it also has profound effects on the body’s largest organ – skin. Unlike damage to your heart or lungs, the effects on skin are often outwardly visible for people to see.  Not only is smoking related to the development of certain skin disorders, it is a major culprit in premature ageing of the skin.  The…

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Eating at the wrong time of day affects learning and memory

An occasional late-night raid on turkey leftovers might be harmless but new research with mice suggests that making a habit of it could alter brain physiology. Eating at times normally reserved for sleep causes a deficiency in the type of learning and memory controlled by the hippocampal area of the brain, according to findings in the journal eLife. Researchers from the Semel Institute in the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) became interested in the cognitive effects of eating at inappropriate hours because it…

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Alcohol in e-Cigarettes May Impair Motor Skills

Some e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol (used to vaporize nicotine) to affect motor skills, without the user knowing it, new research shows. “e-Cigarettes are not regulated right now, and this study raises major questions about the acute and long-term safety of e-cigarettes. It’s one thing to drink alcohol, it’s another thing to inhale it,” senior investigator Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and VA Connecticut Healthcare System, told Medscape Medical News. “We didn’t do a driving simulation, but you kind of have to wonder whether…

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Health Habits That Will Help You Live Long.

One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol. While those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have…

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Sleep disorders

Definition Sleep disorders involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. Causes, incidence, and risk factors More than 100 different disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified. They can be grouped in four main categories: Problems with falling and staying asleep (insomnia) Problems with staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness) Problems with sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem) Unusual behavoirs during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors) PROBLEMS WITH FALLING AND…

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