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Your alarm clock and your body clock CAN be in sync for Daylight Saving Time
It’s that time of year again – time to ‘spring forward’ with our clocks even though there’s still snow on the ground.
Time to lose an hour of precious sleep that most of us can’t afford.
Time for a super-groggy Monday morning.
Or is it? U-M sleep specialist Cathy Goldstein, M.D., says you don’t have to suffer – if you pay attention to your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythm, and adjust it starting a few days ahead of the clock change. She’s a sleep neurologist at the U-M Sleep Disorders Center.
Imagine picking up your spoon to enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup – only to find that your hand seems to have grown a mind of its own. Instead of bringing your spoon to your lips, your hand shakes and jerks, spilling soup everywhere.
For people with the nerve condition called essential tremor, which makes their hands shake uncontrollably, that frustrating, embarrassing scenario could happen any time they try to eat. And that leads many of them to shun restaurants, parties or even family meals.
But a new handheld electronic device can help such patients overcome these tremors when they eat – and potentially other tasks that involve holding something in their shaking hands.
Currently, there are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. To prevent or delay the onset of the disease, we need to do research and discover new treatments.
We’ve all been asked to lend a hand with something or donate a little time for a good cause. It is quite eye opening how we benefit from volunteers who have helped improved our lives and enriched our culture – including medical discoveries that we rely on every day.
Research volunteers, who generously give up their personal time to become part of an Alzheimer’s research study, play a crucial role in the discovery of improved treatment options and cures for this disease. These do not just get discovered by scientists working in a lab, but also because people and families who are Continue reading →
Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D. has been named part of the U.S. Olympic medical team
On February 7, as the world’s eyes turn toward Sochi, Russia and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, a U-M doctor will take to the snow and ice alongside America’s athletes.
Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., is a sports neurologist whose expertise in concussion care has earned him a place on Team USA’s medical staff – and a role watching over the brains of any National Hockey League player on any Olympic team.
These roles – and his role as director of the U-M NeuroSport program for patients, as a team physician for U-M Athletics and a leader in American Academy of Neurology’s sports neurology section – are keeping him super-busy. But he stopped long enough to answer a few questions.
Q: Did you ever dream of going to the Olympics?
A: Growing up, I played hockey and thought about what it might be like to go as an athlete. As the limits Continue reading →
We reported our first case of influenza this season to the public health department in Oct. 2013 and have since hospitalized hundreds of patients with suspected or confirmed flu.
Many of those patients are young and otherwise healthy, and some were transferred to U-M from other hospitals because their flu was so severe. Most cases are the H1N1 strain of flu.
Estimated flu activity level in Michigan has been upgraded to ‘widespread’ activity to reflect recent increases in lab-confirmed influenza cases in the southwest and central regions of Michigan.
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the flu:
Q: What are the symptoms of H1N1? Are the symptoms for the H1N1 strain different than a seasonal flu?
A: The symptoms of H1N1 are not different from other strains of influenza. These include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is frequently rapid. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea as well as respiratory symptoms without a fever. Continue reading →
Men more than women are at risk for sleep problems that raise the risk for hypertension, stroke, heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues.
Heavy snoring can sound funny to your sleep partner and annoy them terribly, but it is no joke. It is often the sign of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which we now know raises the risk for diabetes, obesity, hypertension, strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing for 10-20 seconds while they sleep, and this can occur from a few to hundreds of time a night. Snoring doesn’t occur in every case of sleep apnea, and all people who snore don’t have sleep apnea, but anyone who is told they snore should consider obstructive sleep apnea as a possible cause. Continue reading →