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Study finds that melatonin content of supplements varies widely
DARIEN, IL - A new study suggests that the melatonin content of dietary supplements often varies widely from what is listed on the label. Results show that melatonin content did not meet within a 10-percent margin of the label claim in more than 71 percent of supplements, with the actual content ranging from 83 percent less to 478 percent more than the concentration declared on the label. The study also found that lot-to-lot variability within a particular ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
New guideline provides clinical recommendations for specific insomnia drugs
DARIEN, IL - A new clinical practice guideline is the first from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to provide comprehensive, evidence-based analyses of individual agents commonly used in the treatment of chronic insomnia disorder. The guideline, which is published in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine , provides recommendations to help clinicians choose a specific pharmacological agent for the treatment of chronic insomnia in ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
Many physicians choose insomnia meds based on habit
Clinical decision-making is a complex process, driven by multiple factors, including social and psychological dynamics, peer pressure and even exposure to drug advertising. Now research from Harvard Medical School shows that when it comes to a physician s choice of insomnia medication, habit may trump all else. The results suggest that many clinicians choose insomnia drugs somewhat reflexively, based on routine, rather than by taking into account a patient ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
Do children inherit drug protection from parents exposed to nicotine or drugs?
WORCESTER, MA - A father s nicotine use may have a significant impact on children s risk of some diseases. In a study published in the online biomedical sciences journal eLife , Oliver J. Rando, MD, PhD, and colleagues at UMass Medical School, demonstrate that mice born of fathers who are habitually exposed to nicotine inherit enhanced chemical tolerance and drug clearance abilities. These findings offer a powerful framework for exploring how information a ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
New findings reveal health, aging experiences of LGBT older adults across nation
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Washington s School of Social Work have released new findings this month on the health and aging of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in the U.S. Approximately 2.7 million adults age 50 and older self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This number is expected to increase to more than five million by 2060, yet this population is critically understudied. UW res ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
Flirting on the 'fly', what blow flies can tell us about attraction & dating a...
A study led by SFU biology researcher Gerhard Gries found that the photoreceptors in the eyes of blow flies do more than just help them navigate around surrounding environments. They re also used in an elaborate sexual communication system to aid in their quest to find the perfect mate by filtering out incompatible candidates. We discovered that the immense processing speed of the blow flies photoreceptors in their large sexually dimorphic eyes played a cr ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 15
St. Valentine’s Day and the Biology of Romantic Kissing
In the Western world, Valentine s Day expressions of affection are closely linked to mouth-to-mouth kisses. I remember feeling envious years ago when a colleague found a card in his pigeon-hole signed with the lipstick imprint from a pair of presumably female lips. But does kissing have biological functions And, if so, are they results of evolution Many different functions have been proposed for kissing, ranging from assessing mate quality through strength ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Feb 15
Do Tattoos Make Us Appear More Attractive?
There was a time when tattoos were considered taboo, but that time is long behind us. In the UK, an estimated 20 million people sport at least one tattoo almost one of every three of the inhabitants of my mother country perhaps not surprising given that the name Britain comes from the ancient Celtic for the tattooed folk . In America it s not much different. A decade ago, a Pew report found that 40 of Millennials had a tattoo , and I suspect that number ma ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Feb 15
Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics
When the game is politics if politics can be called a game then the buoyant, fruitful subject becomes all the more remarkable for its gravity. And here s where drawing the line between that which is play and that which is not play becomes the key task. I came to ask if the game of politics is playful last fall while preparing an online exhibit for The Strong and the Google Cultural Institute about the history of campaign toys and political board games . I ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Feb 15
Strong alcohol policies protect against drunk driving deaths among young people
BOSTON- Stronger alcohol policies protect young people from dying in crashes caused by drunk driving according to researchers at Boston Medical Center. The study, which is published online in the journal Pediatrics , supports the importance of comprehensive alcohol control policies to reduce the number of young people who die in alcohol-related crashes. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among young people in the United States. Forty percen ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 13
Preventing hospital-related deaths due to medical errors -- 'We can and must d...
February 13, 2017 - How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors While debate continues over estimates based on flawed data, the US healthcare system can and must implement effective strategies to reduce adverse events and deaths, according to a special perspective article in the March Journal of Patient Safety . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Three recent reports on deaths due to medical error in US hospita ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 13
UBC scientists create mouse that resists cocaine's lure
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically engineered a mouse that does not become addicted to cocaine, adding to the evidence that habitual drug use is more a matter of genetics and biochemistry than just poor judgment. The mice they created had higher levels of a protein called cadherin, which helps bind cells together. In the brain, cadherin helps strengthen synapses between neurons - the gaps that electrical impulses must travers ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 13
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