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Using Relaxation Techniques to Help Treat Chronic Insomnia


Those with chronic insomnia may want to add a new strategy to help supplement their existing treatment. Evidence shows that relaxation techniques can be used to effectively treat chronic insomnia. For many people, sleep disorders are related to stress. Relaxation techniques can cause a deep psychological shift to counteract the stress response that is often […]

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Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease


Vaping May Increase the Risk of Chronic Respiratory Disease Vaping has become a controversial issue in the healthcare profession. Vapes and e-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to smoking and can be used as a method to help smokers quit. There has recently been an influx of cases where vaping caused short-term health […]

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Light Pollution Could Cause Insomnia in Older Adults


Outdoor artificial lights are used to enhance vision for drivers and pedestrians at night and to make communities safer. For older adults who live in areas with higher levels of this outdoor light pollution, it may be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine studied […]

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How Athletes Can Control Breathing Difficulties During Winter Workouts


Cold winter weather can make exercise more difficult. This is especially true for people with asthma. It’s estimated that 300 million people worldwide are living with asthma, according to the World Health Organization. At least 15 to 25 percent of athletes have asthma symptoms but haven’t been diagnosed with the disorder. However, it’s not only […]

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Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans

Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans

Sleep Apnea Could Double the Risk of Drug-Resistant Hypertension in African-Americans When a patient is diagnosed with hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, their treatment typically consists of self-care and medications to help lower their blood pressure. If blood pressure isn’t reduced to normal range after taking medication for the condition, doctors must […]

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Daily Tips to Improve Lung Function for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

Daily Tips to Improve Lung Function for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that causes scar tissue deep inside a person’s lungs. Many cases are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. Because the disease is progressive, symptoms worsen overtime. There is currently no cure, so starting treatment early is the best way to ensure a better quality of life. Medical treatments […]

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Can Caffeine Affect Your Circadian Rhythm?

Can Caffeine Affect Your Circadian Rhythm?

Your circadian rhythm regulates your sleep cycle by telling your body when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to be awake. This system can be disrupted by many external factors, including light exposure, food consumption, physical activity and certain medications. It’s well-known that caffeine can provide an energy boost, but is caffeine consumption […]

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The Latest in Lung Transplant Research

The Latest in Lung Transplant Research

Sometimes patients suffer with lung diseases that don’t respond to treatment. In those instances, a lung transplant could be the only way to extend their lifespan and improve their quality of life. The lung transplant procedure is especially common in patients with end-stage lung disease. Although it is a risky surgery, advancements in pre- and […]

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Cases of Black Lung Disease Increasing Nationwide

Cases of Black Lung Disease Increasing Nationwide

Black lung disease is a respiratory disorder caused by breathing coal mine dust. The disease is also called coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP). The prevalence of black lung disease has increased since 2012, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Current statistics report one in ten coal miners who worked in coal mines […]

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Obesity Strongly Linked to COPD in Non-Smokers

Obesity Strongly Linked to COPD in Non-Smokers

An estimated 15 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The most common cause of COPD is cigarette smoking; however, 23 percent of COPD patients have never smoked. New research indicates that obesity may be one contributing factor to those […]

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