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Anticholinergics May Carry Surprising Risk for Older Adults
Medications for allergies, depression and incontinence can be lifesavers. However, they may have some surprising effects on mental health.
The Science Behind Hangovers
There’s no more certain way to immediately recall a night of drinking to excess than the pounding headache you’re greeted with the next morning. It’s called a hangover, and it’s much more complex than it feels.
Skip the Bedtime Booze
Booze at bedtime can mean a restless night for young adults. Young adults who have a drink an hour or so before bedtime may have changes in brain activity tied to disturbed sleep.
E-Readers May Impair Sleep
Love reading before bed? You may want to stick with an old-fashioned book and leave the e-reader on the charger.
Work, Long Commutes May Cut Sleep
Missing out on Zs? Your job or long commute may be to blame.
Better Sleep for a Stronger Mind
A good night’s rest may not only make you less groggy — it could also prevent a more serious brain drain. Those who get enough deep sleep may be less likely to develop dementia.
Nix That Nightcap — Alcohol May Disrupt Sleep
Getting better sleep may be as simple as skipping your nightcap.
Sleep Apnea May Speed Kidney Decline
Diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease. It can damage tiny blood vessels in the kidneys that filter waste from the blood. Add sleep apnea to the mix, and kidneys may decline even faster, new research suggests.
Irregular Shift Work May Slow Brain Function
Several past studies have found health impacts of working irregular shifts, such as an increased risk for heart disease. And a new study may have found some negative long-term mental effects of shift work.
Cutting Calories May Cut Sleep Apnea
Obesity is linked to a host of conditions, such as sleep apnea and high blood pressure. New research suggests that cutting calories may improve these conditions.