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News & Views: For a good snooze, take one melatonin, add eye mask and earplugs
Posted on March 23, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson4-3, ND Lesson4-4, ND Lesson4-5, ND Unit4 | | Add comment |

hard to get sleep in hospitalRoderick Chen/Getty Images

Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study finds. Taking the sleep hormone, melatonin, helped the most.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Circadian Surprise: How our body clocks help shape our waistlines
Posted on March 16, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Lesson3-3, MD Unit3, Metabolic Disease, ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

clocks adjust waistlineCredit: Katherine Streeter for NPR

We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies. But living against the clock — eating late at night or working overnight — may set the stage for weight gain and chronic disease.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Science explains how marijuana causes the munchies
Posted on February 18, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Lesson3-3, MD Unit3, Metabolic Disease, ND Unit4, ND Unit5, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

marijuana

Where there’s pot, there’s often an insatiable hunger. A new study gives a clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we’re full into thinking we’re hungry.

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News & Views: Your e-reader might be disturbing your sleep
Posted on January 20, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

reading on a screen may disrupt sleep

A new study suggests using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book. Scientists suspect the screen’s blue light is messing with the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Teens who skimp on sleep have more drinking problems later
Posted on by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

sleep deprived teenager

Missing out on sleep can lead to more than grumpiness. Teenagers who aren’t getting enough sleep are also more apt to binge drink, a study finds, even years later.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Could the slower development of a neural network cause ADHD?
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Unit1, ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders, News, Uncategorized | | Add comment |

Connection maps of brain areas are helping reseachers study the causes of ADHD

New research suggests that the neural network that controls attention may develop more slowly in children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While previous research suggested that the brains of children with ADHD develop more slowly, this new research was able to detect changes in connectivity within and between key brain regions.

Read more about the research at NRP.org.

News & Views: Night Crew for Your Brain
Posted on November 22, 2013 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson4-1, ND Lesson4-2, ND Lesson4-3, ND Unit4, Neurological Disorders, News | | Add comment |

Scientists still debate the exact function of sleep, with some arguing that it aids our memory, while others argue that it helps to conserve energy, and still other argue that it is needed to discharge our emotions. A new study published in Science presents data suggesting that during sleep harmful toxins are cleared from our brains, which might prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. Read more at NPR’s coverage: Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During Sleep