Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Now Being Linked to Sleep Disorder Apr30

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Now Being Linked to Sleep Disorder...

New research has linked a little-known sleep disorder with the later onset of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Forbes magazine reports. “Rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is not just a precursor but also a critical warning sign of neurodegeneration that can lead to brain disease,” said John Peever, MD, associate professor at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study. “In fact, as many as 80 to 90% of people with RBD will develop a brain disease.” The research suggests that the link occurs due to brain degeneration attacks the brain circuits that control REM sleep before it attacks parts of the brains involved with neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to Forbes. The American Sleep Disorder Association (ASDA) has currently identified more than 80 unique sleep disorders occurring in children and adults of all ages. According to medicaldaily.com, RBD prevents the temporary muscle paralysis that normally occurs during REM sleep from happening at all. As a result, an individual with RBD may talk, twitch, jerk, or even fully enact the action taking place in their dreams. Frequently, this can cause injury to the person or their sleeping companion because the person acts out the violent actions in their dreams. According to Tech Times, 90 percent of individuals who develop RBD are men; most are older than 50 years old. RBD patients are normally treated with a muscle relaxant in conjunction with other medications that can delay or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia and brain...

Appeals Court Halts Ruling, Fearing It May Inadvertently Legalize Same Sex Marriage in Texas...

In a historic ruling, Texas District Judge Barbara Hanson Nellermoe upheld a federal decision in favor of same sex marriage and same sex divorce. Nellermoe described the ban as unconstitutional. “Judge Barbara Nellermoe of the 45th District Court ruled that she would recognize the 2010 Washington D.C. marriage of two women –-Kristi and Allison Flood Lesh -– who are seeking to divorce,” On Top magazine reported April 25. An appeals court, however, is putting a halt to the case, stating that it needs further evaluation. “Attorney General Greg Abbott responding by asking the appeals court to grant an emergency stay delaying Nellermoe’s ruling, arguing that speedy action was needed ‘to avoid the legal chaos that would follow if the trial court’s broadly worded ruling is mistakenly interpreted as authorization for the creation or recognition of same-sex marriages in Bexar County or throughout the state,'” The Statesman explains. Abbott adds that, from his point of view, Nellermoe overstepped her authority. Nellermoe stated that the interests’ of their child, born in February 2013, largely influenced her decision. “Allison Lesh filed for divorce and joint custody of a child that Kristi Lesh, who became pregnant via artificial insemination,” The Statesman continues. Nellermoe stated that denying the divorce would be an injustice to the child. The child would not have the same rights as children with married, heterosexual parents, who have rights to “education, child support, hereditary rights, and tax benefits,” according to the Texas publication. Thousands of Americans may be affected by Nellermore’s ruling and the ensuing appeal. It is common knowledge that divorce is fairly popular; in fact, Americans ages 50 and up are more likely to be divorced than widowed, experts...

Dental Emergencies Stretching ER Budgets and Abilities Apr25

Dental Emergencies Stretching ER Budgets and Abilities...

Going to the dentist, as it turns out, is good for the economy. And could help save other people’s lives. Recently released findings from a 2011 study of Michigan emergency rooms show that about 7,000 people visited the ER with what turned out to be wholly preventable dental problems. Alex Rosaen, of the Anderson Economic Group, the organization that undertook the study, reveals that many of the patients actually had dental insurance, but did not use it. The hospitals were paid around $15 million to treat the ER patients, when the hospitals reported that the actual cost of treatment was four times that. According to Rosaen, the money was spent for “conditions that started as dental conditions that could have been treated in a traditional dental setting, like a dentist’s office.” Patients checked in with cavities and abscesses that had progressed to the point of intense pain. Of the 7,000 in the study, only about 1,000 ended up needing hospitalization. The findings don’t suggest that the patients’ pain was less than an emergency situation. On the contrary, untreated dental pain can be quite severe. An abscessed tooth, for example, is caused by an infection of the nerve within a tooth, and can cause immense pain and swelling. In extreme cases, a patient may require an emergency root canal. But are ERs equipped to deal with such dental emergencies? Most ERs will simply prescribe and administer painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs for tooth pain, since few employ round-the-clock dentists. Emergency dental services do exist and, much like urgent care facilities, can help to relieve some of the pressure — both medical and financial — currently plaquing over-taxed emergency departments across the country. Find your nearest emergency dental service now, before an emergency strikes. It’s good for your health…...

Warmer Weather Brings Higher Fashion Sales, UK Experts Say Apr22

Warmer Weather Brings Higher Fashion Sales, UK Experts Say...

This past winter may go down as one of the nastiest in history. Polar vortexes and superstorms plagued parts of the U.S., while the U.K. experienced its wettest winter ever recorded, according to BBC News. That’s why experts weren’t feeling particularly generous when they made their predictions for consumers’ spending habits during the blooming springtime’s shopping season. Retail sales did indeed hit a decline in March, but according to the Telegraph, it was much softer than expected. All things considered, sales dropped by 1.7 pence compared with the data from March 2013 and by only 0.3 pence on a total basis. Online sales, on the other hand, rose greatly, up just under 13% from last year’s data. What kinds of purchases did shoppers make? As Telegraph reports, women’s ballet pumps and summer dresses were quite popular, though that might have something to do with the timing of new styles and the improvement in the weather. Sunglasses, of which nearly a billion are produced every year, will soon be in high demand as the clouds begin to part and the sun begins to spread across the sky. As Express points out, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that footwear was indeed a top seller as was fashion on a larger scale, comprising more than one-third of all the non-food online sales growth. One area where sales weren’t as strong was the furniture sector, which typically gets a boost around Easter. Experts believe the lack of furniture retail during this period may be blamed on the late-falling holiday in April this year as opposed to in March. All of this data contributes to the final number of like-for-like sales in the U.K., which fell a total of 1.7% from last year. On the grocery front, things may begin to heat...

South Korean President: Actions of sunken ferry captain ‘akin to murder’...

The President of South Korea Park Geun-hye has categorically linked the sunken ferry incident as a murder. She said in her press briefing that crew members and captain were responsible for the lives lost in the sunken Sewol. Besides, Lee Joon-seok the captain of this ship is already facing the premeditated murder charges. It goes without saying that, so far 87 passengers – most of the high school students- have been reportedly died whereas 215 people are still missing.  On the other hand, the President of South Korea issued a statement that “the actions of few crew members and captain of the ship are unforgettable and unacceptable and they are akin to murder”.  Park further said that their actions have put the entire South Korea in the rage and they are murderers of Korean citizens. Apart from this, Korean police holds the opinion that the investigation of this incident is underway and so far 7 crew members have been detained. The investigators told to local media reporters that “we are probing that how the ship changed its course and why did the captain not allow for abandoning the ferry?”  They further said that criminals will be dealt severely and we are trying our best to gather some constructive evidences. Besides, a radio transcript released by authorities claimed that students could not be able to reach lifeboats because the ship had speedily tilted. When the ship was sinking the following conversation took place between the crew members and two different  towers: A crew member informed to authorities that “Our ship is sinking, please inform to Cost Guards for support”. In reply to this message, the center advised to the crew members “Please evacuate the ship”. The crew replied “It is speedily rolling, people cannot move...