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Month: February 2012

Common sleeping pills linked with higher death risk

Common sleeping pills linked with higher death risk

PARIS, Feb 29 — Commonly-prescribed sleeping pills are linked to a more-than fourfold risk of premature death, according to an American study published in the journal BMJ Open on Monday. These medications were also associated at higher doses with a 35-per cent increased risk of cancer as compared with non-users, but the reason for this is unclear. Doctors led by Daniel Kripke of the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, looked at the medical records of…

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Can Lack of Sleep lead to High Blood Pressure?

Can Lack of Sleep lead to High Blood Pressure?

Answer: Possibly. It’s thought that sleeping less than six hours a night could be linked to increased blood pressure. People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There’s also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night, although that risk is not as high as it is for people who sleep five hours…

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Successful Human Tests for First Wirelessly Controlled Drug-Delivery Chip

Successful Human Tests for First Wirelessly Controlled Drug-Delivery Chip

About 15 years ago, MIT professors Robert Langer and Michael Cima had the idea to develop a programmable, wirelessly controlled microchip that would deliver drugs after implantation in a patient’s body. This week, the MIT researchers and scientists from MicroCHIPS Inc. reported that they have successfully used such a chip to administer daily doses of an osteoporosis drug normally given by injection. The results, published in the Feb. 16 online edition of Science Translational Medicine, represent the first successful test…

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