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Being a middle-age woman can really mess with your life 24/7. Lately, I’ve been waking up around 2 a.m. and have had difficulty going back to sleep. Sometimes it’s due to night sweats, although most times it’s because I have too much on my mind and I can’t seem to find the “off” switch for my brain. I’ve been tossing and turning for up to 1-1/2 hours before I can get back to sleep.
This restlessness is especially scary when you learn that a new study has found that less than six hours of sleep at night on a regular basis may lead to premature death . A research team led by Dr. Francesco Cappuccio of the University of Warwick reviewed 16 studies that involved more than 1.3 million participants around the globe who were followed for up to 25 years. Cappuccio’s team discovered that sleeping less than six hours a night was associated with a greater risk of death in comparison with those participants who slept 6-8 hours per night. The re...
Are you experiencing hot flashes or night sweats in conjunction during your menopausal transition? If so, you may be interested in two new studies that look at these symptoms in relation to relaxation techniques and anti-depressants.
Hot Flashes and Applied Relaxation Techniques
A study out of Sweden added to the literature that suggests that the use of relaxation method can ease hot flashes in women who have gone through menopause. The study involved 60 healthy women who were randomly assigned to two groups over a three-month period. Most of these women were 50 years old and above and had not had their menstrual period for a year or more. However, they all were still experienced hot flashes and night sweats.
The first group was taught to use techniques from applied relaxation method, which were developed in Sweden in the 1980s and is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. These techniques included focused breathing and easing muscle tensions prior to and during hot flashes. The other...
The following is a copy of a letter sent to healthcare professionals following an FDA MedWatch warning about decreased sweating as a potentially serious side effect of Topamax: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. 1000 Route 202, PO Box 300 Raritan, NJ 08869-0602 908-218-6000 Telephone IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING Dear Healthcare Professional: The prescribing information for TOPAMAX® (topiramate/topiramate capsules) Tablets/Sprinkle Capsules has been revised to provide updated information about oligohidrosis (decreased sweating) and hyperthermia, which have been reported in topiramate-treated patients. Oligohidrosis and hyperthermia may have potentially serious sequelae, which may be preventable by prompt recognition of symptoms and appropriate treatment. This updated information is based on clinical trial and postmarketing experience in more than 2 million patients worldwide. Reports have primarily involved children. Most cases have occurred in association with exp...
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