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Natural Insomnia Program

Natural Insomnia Program is credited to Christian Goodman, who is a health expert, and he is willing to help those people suffering from insomnia for long. Many people end up suffering from the sleepless night, which ends up affecting their following day schedule. For instance, the author sleepless night has destructed his marriage and also career, but with the help of the program, he has been to overcomes this problem. Through the various studies, it shows that most of the people sleep after 45 minutes, but with the help of the program, this would be reduced to 10 to 15 minutes. The most common solution to relaxing the body is through linguistic audio, which would help the brain to relax and thus sleep effectively. Many people have used the program, and they have ended solving the problem entirely. The program is available either in the video series and e-Book and works within the shortest time possible. Read more here...

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Melatonin SAD and PMS

There seems to be a relationship between melatonin and mood disorders, including depression and sleep disturbances. Some people experience a mood dysfunction called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), especially in winter when the days are shorter and they get less exposure to sunlight, and in extreme northern and southern latitudes where sunlight may be dim to nonexistent for months at a time. SAD thus affects about 20 of the population in Alaska but only 2.5 in Florida. The symptoms which include depression, sleepiness, irritability, and carbohydrate craving can be relieved by 2 or 3 hours of exposure to bright light each day (phototherapy). Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is similar to SAD and is also relieved by phototherapy. The melatonin level is elevated in both SAD and PMS and is reduced by phototherapy. However, there is also evidence that casts doubt on any causal link between melatonin and these mood disorders, so for now, the jury is still out. Many people are taking melatonin...

Sleep Disorders

Humans spend one-quarter to one-third of their lives sleeping and roughly one-third of all adults experience some type of sleep disorder during their lives. Sleep disorders are categorized by the DSM-IV as Primary Sleep Disorders (including Dyssomnias and Par-asomnias), Sleep Disorder Related to Another Mental Disorder, Sleep Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition, and Substance-Induced Sleep Disorder. The most common Sleep Disorder is Insomnia, but other Dyssomnias include Hypersomnia, Narcolepsy, Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder, and Circa-dian Rhythm Sleep Disorder. Parasomnias include Nightmare Disorder, Sleep Terror Disorder, and Sleepwalking Disorder. Primary Insomnia is treated with benzodiazepines or sedative-hypnotics. Primary Hypersomnia is treated with stimulants, such as amphetamines, or SSRIs. Narcolepsy is treated with stimulants, antidepressants, and sometimes with a1 agonists. Benzodiazepines and other antianxiety medications are used selectively to treat other...

HT2C receptor modulators

5-HT2C antagonists may also have a role in the treatment of depression. It has been shown that the 5-HT2C antagonists SB-242084 and RS 102221 potentiate the action of the SSRI citalopram on rat cortical and hippocampal 5-HT levels, although the 5-HT2C antagonists alone had no effect 31 . It has also been claimed that the clinical antidepressant efficacy of agomelatine, a melatonin agonist, may be in part due to 5-HT2C antagonism 32 .

HT7 receptor antagonists

The 5-HT7 receptor has been postulated to play a role in depression based partly on its distribution in the brain and also on the observation that chronic treatment with antidepressants results in downregulation of this receptor. Additional support for this hypothesis has been gained by a recent study showing that 5-HT7 receptor knockout mice demonstrate antidepressant-like profiles in forced swim and tail suspension tests 33 . The identification of selective antagonist tool compounds has helped add further evidence in support of the hypothesis. For example, SB-269970, 16, exhibits antidepressant-like activity, even though this compound has a rather poor PK profile. SB-656104-A, 17, has been identified as a 5-HT7 antagonist with better PK properties and has been shown to modulate REM sleep in rats in a manner consistent with potential antidepressant-like activity 34 .

The principles of control of cancer pain

Twycross Total Pain

Our understanding of the basic mechanisms of pain has improved considerably over the past few years. This understanding has included a greater appreciation of the relationship between the physical injury, pain pathways, and our emotional processing of this information these factors are interlinked in the nervous system, rather than working in parallel. We now understand from basic science more of the mechanisms of total pain than ever before. It is clear that anxiety, fear, and sleeplessness feed into the limbic system and cortex. In turn, the brain talks back to the spinal cord modifying pain input at spinal levels. This then feeds back to the brain and a loop is established.

Appropriate Treatment Interventions

Fatigue and or insomnia Food cravings (e.g., clomipramine, fenfluramine, fluoxetine, nefazadone, paroxe-tine, sertraline, and venlafaxine) Sleep deprivation Tocopherol (vitamin E) Bromocriptine Tamoxifen Sleep hygiene Consuming large amounts of caffeine or its equivalent (theophylline and theobromine, or methyl-xanthines) has been associated with women's retrospective reports of more severe premenstrual symptoms. Because caffeine can cause irritability, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress at any time of the month, it makes sense to limit the consumption of caffeine or related compounds throughout the month. and tamoxifen (an oral nonsteroidal agent with anti-estrogen properties that can cause headaches and fatigue) have all been shown to be beneficial for breast pain. Over-the-counter analgesics may be very valuable and safe in treating PMS-related headaches. In addition to good sleep routines for insomnia and healthy eating routines for food cravings, serotonergic antidepressants...

Performance and Error in Clinical Context

Regardless of which psychological construct of performance and error one may subscribe to, there is substantial evidence that performance is affected by the context of the problem. The main elements that define context are knowledge factors, attentional dynamics, and strategic factors.25 The first two elements are self-explanatory. Strategic factors include an individual's physical and psychological well-being, and in this regard, the effects of sleep deprivation and fatigue on performance and learning are major concerns.79,80 Fatigue, by impairing vigilance, can accentuate confirmation bias. In addition, errors increase as time on task increases no other hazardous industry permits, let alone requires, employees to regularly work the long hours common in hospitals.74 Stress may increase the likelihood of error, but it is clearly neither necessary nor sufficient for cognitive failure.60 Unfortunately, some physicians hold unrealistic beliefs about their ability to deal with stress and...

Postexposure prophylaxis

The need for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is determined by the risk of transmission and must be given as soon as possible. Triple therapy with anti-retroviral drugs virtually eliminates the risk of transmission. Both the United Kingdom and the United States recommend a four week course of triple therapy when the risk of exposure to HIV is high. The current recommended regime is zidovudine 300 mg and lamivudine 150 mg bd (Combivir) and nelfinavir 750 mg tds. An anti-emetic, such as domperidone, is often required. The most commonly reported side effects of these drugs are malaise, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.

Acute painful neuropathies

The pain causes exceptional distress because it is protracted and unremitting. Constant burning sensations, paraesthesiae or shooting pains occur, but the most characteristic symptom is a cutaneous hypersensitivity (allodynia) leading to acute discomfort on contact with clothing and bedclothes. The pain leads to insomnia and depression, and is sometimes accompanied by catastrophic weight loss. Patients are so distressed that they may seek several opinions on their condition, and often believe that they must have a malignant disease.

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For Damp-Heat with stuffiness and fullness of the abdomen or acute dysentery with jaundice high fever accompanied by impairment of consciousness restlessness and insomnia due to exuberant Fire spitting of blood and epistaxis caused by Heat in the Blood inflammation of the eyes acid reflux toothache diabetes carbuncles and sores externally used for eczema and other skin diseases with exudation purulent discharge from the ear.

Nontricyclic Antidepressants

The other nonstimulant medication recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2001) as a second-line treatment for ADHD is bupro-prion (BUP). Marketed under the brand names Wellbutrin and Zyban, buproprion is classified as an antidepressant, but its chemical structure is quite different from that of most other medications in this class. BUP acts on the noradrenergic system and indirectly on the dopaminergic system. Controlled studies have found BUP to be effective for treating ADHD in children (two trials) and adults (two trials). One open-label study found BUP useful for treating patients with ADHD and comorbid bipolar disorder. Wilens and colleagues (2002) suggested that treatment with BUP for ADHD patients should be initiated at 37.5 mg and increased every three or four days up to a maximum of 300 mg daily in younger children and 450 mg daily in older children or adults. Adverse effects may include excessive activation, irritability, insomnia, and (rarely) seizures.

Mild Moderate Acute Crohns Colitis

Corticosteroids are effective inductive therapies for patients with moderate-severe Crohn's colitis or for patients with mild-moderate disease that has not responded to amino-salicylates and or antibiotics. Controlled release budesonide formulations are also efficacious for mild-moderate CD involving the right colon, but are not effective for more distal colonic disease. Doses of 40 to 60 mg daily of prednisone (or up to 1 mg kg d) are initiated until a clinical response has been established. Subsequent tapering is individualized according to the rate of response. Generally, the dosage is gradually reduced by 5 mg week until the drug can be ceased or symptoms flare. In the NCCDS, 78 of patients responded to steroids given in this way. The response to budesonide is somewhat less and neither systemic nor nonsystemic steroids are efficacious at preventing relapse. Indeed, after a course of corticosteroids, approximately 75 of patients will either have a flare of disease activity or...

Integrating The Relaxation Response Into Health Care

The relaxation response has been associated with improvements in many medical conditions including hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, chronic pain, insomnia, side effects of cancer therapy, side effects of AIDS therapy, infertility, and preparation for surgery and X-ray procedures. It is also important to indicate that more recently, the overall implications of integrating relaxation response in routine clinical treatments has been examined. Some relevant examples will be discussed.

Pharmacological Treatment Of

A variety of other psychotropic drugs are used in the short-term clinical management of DLB. Anxiety and insomnia are common symptoms that may respond well to benzodiazepine sedatives and antidepressant, and anticonvulsants may be useful in controlling behavioral and psychotic symptoms. Most of these observations are based upon clinical experience and anecdote, rather than evidence and given the poor tolerability of DLB patients to psychotropic drugs, it is probably best to avoid all pharmacological interventions with psychotropic agents other than cholinesterase inhibitors, unless the clinical situation makes it imperative. Given the potential adverse response to neuroleptics, studies evaluating the potential value of nonpharmacological treatment approaches are

Epidemiology And Implications Of Neuropsychiatric Features In Parkinsonian Disorders

What are the clinical implications of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with parkinsonian disorders Again, most research has been performed on patients with PD, and it seems reasonable to extrapolate the findings from these studies to patients with atypical parkinsonian disorders. First, several studies have consistently demonstrated that neuropsychiatric symptoms have strong negative influences on the quality of life, including physical, social, and psychological well-being of patients with PD, even after controlling for motor, functional, and cognitive disturbances. For instance, depression has consistently, and irrespective of instruments used to assess depression, been found to be among the most important independent predictors of impaired quality of life in PD patients (29-31), and a longitudinal study reported that depression and insomnia were the most important factors associated with poor quality of life (32). Although there is overlap between the symptoms of depression...

The Impact Of Parkinsonism On Healthrelated Quality Of Life

The only parkinsonian disorder that has been assessed in detail with regard to Hr-Qol is PD. Studies on Hr-QoL of patients with PD have improved our understanding of subjectively experienced difficulties associated with this disease, and we now have a clearer understanding of what aspects of Hr-QoL are most important to patients with PD. A full review of the expanding Hr-QoL literature in PD is beyond the scope of this chapter. However, it has consistently been found that all areas of Hr-QoL are affected by PD, not merely the physical impairment or functioning (23,25,26). The main areas of impairment in PD are in physical functioning, emotional reactions, social isolation, and energy. Other domains of impairment of Hr-QoL in PD, include bodily discomfort pain, self-image, cognitive function, communication, sleep, role function, and sexual function (23,25-27). It has also become clear that in PD, it is not primarily disease severity and presence of the symptoms of PD that determine...

Pharmacologic Therapy of Chronic Pain

Toin Dilantin , carmazepine) have been used in chronic somatic pain with equivocal evidence of efficacy and a significant risk of adverse effects. However, we frequently use gabapentin ( Neurontin), a drug with considerable more promise and safety that is widely used for neuropathic pain syndromes. Although admittedly anecdotal, our experience suggests that it may be useful in patients with functional bowel pain syndromes, especially in patients with diabetic gastro-paresis. It can also be used in patients with chronic pancreatitis, in an attempt to spare narcotic use. Finally, mention must be made of the use of benzodiazepines, which are frequently used by patients with chronic pain including insomnia, anxiety, and muscle spasm. Although useful in these settings for short term use, there is a significant risk for dependence on these drugs and there is little, if any, evidence that they have any real analgesic effect.

Paroxysmal Exerciseinduced

This disorder has been added to the three classic forms of paroxysmal dyskinesias described above. In this condition episodes of paroxysmal dyskinesia occur in sleep, hence the term hypnogenic. Lugaresi and Cirignotta (1981) described five patients who had attacks almost every night 32 . Further similar sporadic and familial cases were described 33-36 . In a typical episode the patient awakens with a cry and has involuntary dystonic and ballistic thrashing movements, mainly of the legs (but can spread to the arm and neck), lasting up to 45 seconds, with no detectable concurrent EEG abnormalities. Several attacks can occur each night. This disorder was often misdiagnosed and thought to represent night terrors or some other type of sleep disorder 36 . It has recently become clear that in most of these cases, especially the familial variety, these nocturnal dyskinesias are due to mesial frontal lobe seizures (which are often difficult to pick up on surface EEG recordings) 34,35 . ADNFLE...

Diagnosis of Epilepsy

Some paroxysmal clinical episodes are associated with clear electrographic seizures, helping to make the diagnosis. The absence of epileptiform EEG abnormalities at the time of paroxysmal behavioral disturbances increases the likelihood that the events are not epileptic, but rather manifestations of other illnesses. Two other groups of illnesses produce symptoms similar to those of seizures. There are events of other physiologic bases such as cardiac arrhythmias causing syncope, episodes caused by cerebrovascular disease, movement disorders, and unusual manifestations of sleep disorders. There are also events of psychiatric origin. Taken together, all of these events are generally referred to as nonepileptic seizures. All of these can produce bizarre and unusual movements and behavior with some resemblance to epileptic seizures.

Managing Work While Nurturing Relationships

Close monitoring virtually every moment often quick interventions were needed to protect him from unanticipated dangers. In addition, like many children with ADHD, her son had chronic difficulty falling asleep. This resulted in his making numerous curtain calls well past his bedtime often it also brought two or three interruptions to her sleep each night as she was asked to calm him after a nightmare or to change wet sheets on his bed. I'm usually doing OK at getting them the basics, but I know that I'm just not there enough for them emotionally. I'm always disorganized and frazzled and tired and too frustrated. Half the time when I lie down beside them at night to read a story, I fall asleep before they do and during the day, so much of the time I'm just too impatient. I'm not expecting to give perfection no parent can do that. But I know they need me to be there to talk with them and to listen, to explain things to them, and to be there for them emotionally. I want to do that for...

Our Advice About The Dyskinesia Test

Among the four AIM subtypes that we have described in the rat, orolingual dyskinesia is probably the most difficult subtype to rate, as it can be either overestimated or overlooked. Orolingual movements that lack specificity are movements that resemble swallowing or chewing without jaw opening in a rat that does not exhibit any other sign of dyskinesia. In particular, rats normally express these sorts of movements when they are either falling asleep or waking up. In these situations, the orolingual movements should never be scored as AIMs. Stress-induced orolingual

Steep situation 4 How long is too long

How long does it take you to get to sleep If you lie restless in bed for more than 30 minutes or so, we recommend that you get up. What Get up when you want to sleep Getting up may sound counterproductive, but it's important for your brain to associate your bed with sleep. So if you lie in bed too long without actually sleeping, your brain will only get more mixed up. Furthermore, when you get up and do something boring such as pay bills, your brain will associate unpleasantness with getting up. Just don't do something stimulating. And if you do pay your bills in the middle of the night, please check your addition in the morning. HtVNG If you don't feel rested after six to eight hours of sleep, you may have a serious sleep problem known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea involves a series of episodes in which your breathing stops while you sleep. You awaken momentarily to gasp for air, and then you fall back asleep, only to have your breathing cease yet again. Sleep apnea results in very...

Research on the Best Methods of Biofeedback

It is important to include segments of self-control training in which the feedback is turned off and the individual is instructed to continue to manipulate the response without feedback. Research also indicates that home practice is necessary for lasting changes to occur. Practicing self-control of the physiological response for 10 to 20 minutes several times a week is recommended. It appears that it is best to have the patient plan out the practice schedule ahead of time and to practice earlier in the day. If the patient waits until right before they go to sleep they may fall asleep during the practice. As the patient gets better at controlling the response, he or she should be encouraged to do this while continuing normal activities.

Event Type Ambulatory Cassette Recording

Eventually, this loop concept was closed by including output software that reassembled the delayed EEG into the multiplexed format for transmission to another demultiplexing unit that was coupled to a Mingograph EEG machine. If a clinical event occurred, the activation of the seizure button caused it to be permanently stored on the computer tape. It also signaled the EEG machine to write out the two minutes of delayed EEG leading up to the event. The EEG machine was also programmed to take regular samples during the night in order to capture the natural sleep of the patient. 25

The Clinical Interview The Most Sensitive Assessment Tool

Usually such an interview requires at least two hours, during which time the interviewer and patient will discuss the patient's (1) adaptive strengths and weaknesses, how the person does their work, what they do for fun, and what they struggle with daily (2) strengths and stressors in the family background as well as any blood relatives with related problems (3) health history, focusing on any medical or developmental problems that may be relevant (4) history of school achievement and struggles with particular types of academic work (5) relationships with peers, family, teachers, employers, and friends (6) eating and sleeping habits (7) current mood patterns and any significant difficulties with anxiety, temper, or behavior and (8) history of previous evaluations or treatment.

Inhibitors Of Alphaviruses

The alphaviruses, eastern (EEE), western (WEE), and Venezuelan (VEE) equine encephalitis virus, of the family of Togaviridae all cause encephalitis in humans. Sindbis and Semliki Forest virus (SFV) have been investigated as models for the study of viral replication. In a review by Sidwell and Smee, the following compounds were listed as having at least moderate efficacy against VEEV and or SFV-induced encephalitis in mice ribavirin 5'-sulfamate, 7-thia-8-oxoguanosine 11, 7-deazaguanosine 12, poly(ICLC), melatonin, MVE-2, ampligen, and IFNs. IFN-a is currently considered as most useful for therapy in animal models.278 Ribavirin 1 was somewhat inactive, whereas other IMPDH inhibitors, EICAR 4 and VX-497 5, showed in vitro activity against SFV and VEEV, respectively.81,109 OMP decarboxylase inhibitors, pyrazofurin 6 and 6-azauridine 7, were also active in vitro against SFV and VEEV, respectively.84,110 CPE-C 8, a CTP synthetase inhibitor, was remarkably active against SFV and Sindbis...

Etiology and Risk Factors

The etiology of PMS and the factors that place a woman at risk for developing PMS remain uncertain. Etiologic hypotheses that have been proposed include abnormalities in hormonal secretory patterns (ovarian steroids, melatonin, androgens, prolactin, mineralo-corticoids, thyroxin, insulin), neurotransmitter levels (biogenic amines such as epinephrine and norepineph-rine, endogenous opioids), circadian rhythms (temperature, sleep), prostaglandins, vitamin B6 levels, nutrition, allergic reactions, stress, and other psychological factors. Although investigators may advocate vehemently for one or more of these possibilities, no single, fully explanatory mechanism has been isolated as yet. Furthermore, there are physiological and behavioral correlates of menstrual cycle rhythms such as increases in appetite premenstrually and abdominal discomfort during menstruation that are present in women without PMS. These findings have led to the belief that the etiology of PMS resides in the...

Electroencephalographs Biofeedback

Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback is another frequently used biofeedback training method with children and adults. EEG biofeedback gives information about the brain's electrical activity. Brain waves have been classified into four states beta, which occurs when the individual is wide awake and thinking alpha, which is associated with a state of calm relaxation theta, which reflects a deep reverie or light sleep and delta, which is associated with deep sleep.

Anaesthetic problems

Such episodes are increased in incidence and severity in REM sleep. REM sleep is almost completely abolished for the first 2 3 days after surgery, but a rebound occurs on night 5 (Knill et al 1990). Physiological accompaniments of REM sleep are episodic breathing disturbances, with fluctuations in heart rate and blood pressure. These factors may account for delayed cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications after surgery. During such episodes, saturations may decrease to below 50 . In one patient, even before surgery, 33 min of the night were spent with saturations of less than 85 (Reeder et al 1991). Subsequent computer studies of his postoperative nights showed three types of respiratory events, each ranging from 10 to 30 s in duration 'obstructive' 'mixed' (cycles beginning with central apnoea, then obstruction with increasing respiratory effort, and finally sudden awakening) and 'apnoeic'.The last event was the least common. Patients having nasal...

Sleep and Consciousness

Several PET studies have addressed patterns of GMR changes during REM and non-REM sleep. During dreaming, GMR is about the same as during the awake state but during deep non-REM sleep, whole brain GMR is down about 40 compared to the awake state. Other PET studies by Alkire and colleagues of anesthetic agents show even larger whole brain decreases during unconsciousness induced by propofol and by isoflurane. Moreover, the pattern of regional GMR decreases in propofol anesthesia suggests the biggest decreases are in brain areas rich in GABA receptors. This is an example of using neuro-imaging to help discover possible mechanisms of action for specific drugs. Moreover, these data tentatively support a theory relating whole brain GMR reduction to loss of consciousness rather than a theory of a specific consciousness control center. Further imaging anesthesia studies hold great promise for helping to establish the neural basis for consciousness and unconsciousness.

Healing and energy work

The best available evidence suggests that reiki and spiritual healing may contribute to pain relief, promote relaxation, to improve sleep patterns, reduce tension, stress and anxiety, to provide emotional and or spiritual support, contribute to a sense of wellbeing, reduce side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and support the patient in the dying process

Hormonal regulation and control of spermatogenesis

In summary, the hormone regulation of stallion reproduction and spermato-genesis involves a three-tier system the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Acting as an overriding influence upon this axis are environmental factors such as daylength. The effect of daylength is mediated via the pineal gland and melatonin secretion, which governs the equine breeding season and, to some extent, also sexual maturity and development (Marusi and Ferroni, 1993). Under appropriate conditions, melatonin secretion declines and its inhibitory effect upon the hypothalamus is removed. In response, the hypothalamus secretes GnRH, which acts on the higher centres of the brain to affect libido and passes to the anterior pituitary via the hypophyseal portal vessels. In response, the anterior pituitary produces LH and FSH. These two hormones in turn act, respectively, upon the Leidig cells, to induce testosterone production, and on the Sertoli cells, to initiate spermatogenesis. A positive correlation...

Anovulation Is A Characteristic Feature Of Pcos. It Manifests As Menstrual Disturbance 80 Amenorrhoea Oligoamenorrhea

Patient With Hyperandrogenism

The prevalence of sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea, is high in women with PCOS (31,32). Its principal symptoms are a significant degree of snoring and daytime sleepiness (32). Sleep apnea is caused by repeated collapse of the pharynx airway during sleep, resulting in poor oxygen supply to the person involved. Its consequences include daytime sleepiness, reduced mental performance, and a subsequent effect on quality of life. Its incidence is 2-4 in normal men and women, and it has dangerous consequences, including the development of hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes (33). It usually is associated with obesity, and its prevalence is 3- to10-fold higher in men than in women in fact, excess male hormones may be associated with the development of sleep apnea (34,35).

The hypothalamicpituitarygonadal axis

Thirst Axis

The pineal gland lies above and behind the hypothalamus, held within a fibrous capsule. Septa extend into the gland from separate masses of round epithelial cells. These cells produce the hormone melatonin from tryptophan melatonin has an antigonadotrophic effect on the hypothalamus (Sharp and Clever, 1993). The function of these cells is affected by daylength increasing daylength inhibits pineal function, i.e. the production of melatonin (Wesson et al., 1979). The means by which daylength takes its effect is unclear in the horse but it is believed that impulses from the retina in the eye travel via the rostral accessory optic tract to the thoracic spinal cord and thence to the cranial cervical ganglion. Nerve fibres from the cervical ganglion then follow the path of the arteries to the pineal gland epithelial cells, where they take effect (Venzke, 1975 Moore, 1978 Reiter, 1981).

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Saussurea Lappa

Clinical use and major combinations For cough with thick, yellow sputum due to Lung Heat and for restlessness due to accumulation of Phlegm Heat in the Heart. For cough due to Lung Heat, it is used with Radix Scutellariae (Huang Qin) and Fructus Trichosanthis (Gua Lou). For stuffiness in the chest, copious sputum, and insomnia due to restlessness, it is used with Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae (Chen Pi), Sclerotium Poriae Cocos (Fu Ling), Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia), and Fructus Aurantii Immaturus (Zhi Shi) in the Warm the Gallbladder Decoction (Wen Dan Tang).

Hypothalamic and pituitary hormones

Melatonin As indicated previously, one of the major means of controlling the hypothalamus is via the hormone melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland. Melatonin is secreted during the hours of darkness and, due to its antigonadotrophic nature, it dominates the system and suppresses hypo-thalamic activity during the periods of its secretion (Burns et al., 1982 Argo et al., 1991). This response to daylength results in melatonin secretion being divided into two phases photophase during the daytime and scotophase during the hours of darkness (Grubaugh, 1982). Within this pattern, secretion is episodic in fashion, with episodes of greater frequency and amplitude being evident during the hours of darkness. Additionally, melatonin is secreted in a circadian fashion, maintaining a 24-h pattern of release despite exposure to continuous daylight or darkness. Photorefractoriness to continual long days does occur seasonal cycles in scrotal width and output of spermatozoa continue despite...

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, approximately 18 million Americans suffer with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, the majority of patients with OSA remain undiagnosed 123 . The incidence of sleep apnea increases among obese patients 124 . Since the target population for major liposuction and abdominoplasty includes patients with morbid obesity, concern about OSA becomes more germane.

The Fatigue of Cholestasis

The etiology of the fatigue of cholestasis is unknown. Central and peripheral components for the fatigue of cholestasis have been suggested. In one of the first studies that addressed fatigue in PBC, the presence of this symptom, as measured by questionnaires, was associated with poor sleep quality and with depression this finding suggested that fatigue may be, in part, centrally mediated as it had been editorialized previously.

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms In Multiple System Atrophy

Several studies have reported sleep disorders in MSA (64,103-107). Wright et al. describe a polysomnographically confirmed RBD associated with Shy-Drager syndrome (108). Motor dyscontrol in REM sleep has been described in 90 of patients with MSA (104). Among 93 patients with RBD, 14 patients had MSA, 25 PD, and only 1 had PSP (109). And similarly, in a recent study of 15 patients with RBD, the neuropathological diagnosis was DLB in 12 and MSA in 3 cases (64). In a comparison of unselected patients with MSA (n 57) with 62 age- and sex-matched PD patients, 70 of patients with MSA complained of sleep disorders compared with 51 of patients with PD, and RBD was present in 48 of the MSA patients (106). Decreased nigrostriatal dopaminergic projections may contribute to RBD in MSA (107). In summary, MSA patients frequently suffer from depression and sleep disorders, including RBD, and visual hallucinations, also seem to be quite common. Thus, the neuropsychiatric pattern resembles that of DLB...

Meditation The Relaxation Response And Physiological Changes

Another study has also provided evidence of the effect of the relaxation response on CNS indices of arousal. Jacobs, Benson, and Friedman examined the efficacy of a multifactor behavioral intervention for chronic sleep-onset insomnia. The interventions included education about sleep (e.g., sleep states, sleep architecture) and sleep hygiene (e.g., abstaining from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine use in the evening), sleep scheduling, and modified stimulus control (restricting use of the bed to sleeping). The subjects were taught relaxation-response techniques and were instructed to practice them at bedtime. Those insomniacs exposed to the intervention exhibited significant reductions in sleep-onset latency and were indistinguishable from normal sleepers. More importantly, the insomniacs showed a marked reduction in cortical arousal, as assessed EEG power spectra analyses specifically, the percentages of beta total power decreased from pre- to posttreatment. The relaxation response...

Laughing Gas Ether And Surgical Anesthesia

Laughing Gas Surgical Operation

Despite warnings from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner that the physicians of Boston would soon constitute one fraternity with the quacks, ether anesthesia quickly spread from Massachusetts to Paris and London. Although anesthesia was certainly an important factor in the surgical revolution, more subtle and complex factors were also involved. Indeed, given the increased use of the knife that accompanied the decline of humoralism and the rise of morbid anatomy during the period from about 1700 to the 1830s, the rapid acceptance of anesthesia might have been the result of the increasing role of surgery rather than the reverse. Potentially useful anesthetic agents had obviously been available before the 1840s. In any case, with the rapid dissemination of surgical anesthesia advances in the art were inevitable so too were iatrogenic accidents and deaths. Anesthesia so transformed the art of surgery that Henry J. Bigelow urged reform of the curriculum at Harvard Medical School to...

Nonstimulant Medications for ADHD

Adequate head-to-head research has not yet tested whether ATX provides the same degree of improvement for inattention symptoms of ADHD as the stimulants usually do. But clinical trials have clearly shown in sizable groups of children, adolescents, and adults that, for many, this medication can significantly alleviate both inattention and hyperactive or impulsive symptoms of ADHD. In addition, ATX has the advantage of lasting longer than stimulants. Some parents report that while on ATX their ADHD children are easier to get along with throughout the day and evening, are able to fall asleep with less difficulty at bedtime, and are able to awaken the next morning with less irritability and oppositional behavior. There is also some evidence that ATX may help to alleviate the anxi

Psychiatric Aspects Of Dementia With Lewy Bodies

Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and increased daytime sleepiness, are more common in DLB than AD (62), and are also pronounced in PD (63). REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is character ized by loss of normal skeletal muscle atonia during REM sleep with prominent motor activity and dreaming. RBD is particularly common in DLB (64). When associated with dementia or parkinsonism, RBD usually predicts an underlying synucleinopathy, and it has been proposed that RBD should be included in the clinical diagnostic criteria for DLB (64). In PD, an association between RBD and visual hallucinations has been reported (65). Interestingly, during clonazepam treatment, which may improve RBD, the frequency of visual hallucinations decreased, suggesting a causal link between RBD and halucinations (65).

Eszopiclone Hypnotic [3336

Eszopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic agent indicated for the treatment of insomnia to induce sleep and for sleep maintenance. It has similar pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters as the previously marketed non-benzodiazepine hypnotics zolpidem and zaleplon. However, unlike its predecessors, eszopiclone is not restricted to short-term treatment of insomnia. Clinical studies of up to 6 months of use show that patients do not develop tolerance to its effect. Eszopiclone is the (S)-enantiomer of zopiclone, which has been marketed as the racemic mixture in Europe for almost 20 years. These agents belong to the cyclopyrrolone class of drugs that act as agonists at the type A GABA receptor. Eszopiclone has approximately 50-fold higher binding affinity than its antipode (R)-zopiclone for GABA-A receptor (IC50 21 and 1130 nM, respectively). In addition, the two enantiomers exhibit significant differences in their pharmacokinetic parameters and in vivo efficacy. In healthy...

Disorders of Arousal and Motivation

Charles was not depressed in the sense of being immobilized by profound sadness or by a severe lack of energy. He was able to get out of bed and attend school regularly. He had no insomnia and his appetite was usually adequate, though he showed little interest in food. He gave no evidence of suicidal thoughts or actions and was not using drugs or alcohol, but all who had known him over time were struck by his persistent and increasing unhappiness, lethargy, and seeming inability to enjoy life. Doug has a long history of difficulty falling asleep. He cannot get to sleep unless he is in a room with his brother or a parent. Even then he often is unable to get to sleep until sixty to ninety minutes after he gets into bed. Once in bed he will not leave his bed to go the bathroom unless a parent or his brother accompanies him. Joanne explained, I know it doesn't make sense for me to wash and rewax those floors every night. Most people don't do it even every month. But I have been doing it...

The Relaxation Response And Behavior Change

In another study involving 156 patients who had had a myocardial infarction, relaxation response training augmented the effects of concurrent therapeutic strategies. Patients were randomized into two groups one was given physical exercise training alone and the other was given both physical exercise and relaxation training. Several questionnaires were administered the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (a 40-item standardized anxiety inventory) a sleeping habits questionnaire (a 10-item questionnaire concerning hours of sleep, sleep quality, etc.) a functional complaints questionnaire (a 25-item inventory concerning complaints frequently expressed by cardiac patients) and the Heart Patients Psychological Questionnaire (HPPQ) (including scales on well-being, subjective invalidity, displeasure, social inhibition). Patients in the exercise-only group reported no change in psychological measures, whereas the group who received relaxation training reported less anxiety and subjective...

The Modulation of Longevity

Another well documented example of increased lifespan was obtained by the Australian gerontologist Arthur Everitt. He removed the anteria pituitary of young rats (hypophysectomy) and discovered that this had an effect on lifespan comparable to calorie-resticted animals. There have been many studies of hormones on ageing, and claims that hormone treatment increase longevity. One is human growth hormone, because elderly males report increased muscular strength or other rejuvenating effects after a course of treatment. Another is melatonin, produced by the pineal gland in the brain, which is important for the control of sleep rythms. A number of extravagent claims have been made about about its beneficial effects in preventing age-related disease, or increasing the longevity of mice. The hormone DHEA (dihydroepiandrosterine) has also been credited with strong anti-ageing effects. There is no doubt that experiments with hormones will continue for a long time to come, and it is likely that...

Clinical Features Of Dementia With Lewy Bodies

The central feature of DLB is a progressive cognitive decline of sufficient magnitude to interfere with normal social or occupational function, whereas core clinical components comprise fluctuating cognition, recurrent and persistent visual hallucinations, and extrapyramidal signs (EPS). Supportive features may increase diagnostic sensitivity, though exclusion criteria also need to be considered (Table 1). Depression and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) have been suggested as additions to the list of supportive features (4). g. REM sleep behavior disorder (4) Falls, Syncope, Sleep Disorders, and Other Neurological Features

Clinical Syndromes

Myoclonus is intrinsic to normal sleep physiology, occurring as paradoxical excitation in REM sleep. Beginning in fetal life, it is most abundant during the first 6 to 8 months postnatally and persists throughout life as fragmentary nocturnal myoclonus. Hypnic jerks, or myoclonus on sleep initiation, are associated with the sense of falling.

A PMS Symptoms and Their Timing

An immense number of symptoms have been attributed to PMS (Table II). The most common complaints include physical symptoms (breast swelling and tenderness, abdominal bloating, headaches, muscle aches and pains, weight gain, and edema), emotional symptoms (depression, mood swings, anger, irritability, and anxiety), and others (decreased interest in usual activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite and food cravings, and hypersomnia or insomnia). Insomnia

Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment Interventions

Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland Subcortical, midline brain structures that function in the regulation of a number of neuroendocrine systems. Lesions and tumors of the hypothalamus frequently are associated with a broad variety of psychiatric, physical, and behavioral symptoms such as emotional changes (e.g., apathy, sadness, nervousness, irritability, frequent crying), paranoia, abnormal menstrual and thyroid function, and appetite and sleep problems. Luteal Phase of the Menstrual Cycle The latter portion of the menstrual cycle starting after ovulation until the onset of menses. The phase is about 14 days long and is named after the corpus luteum of the ovary.

Retrieval of Receptor Information and Signal Transduction Pathways

Initiated to search for a specific receptor, its link to sequence databases (Gen-Bank,PIR, and SWISS-PROT), and multiple alignment of a receptor family via MView option. GPCRDB at http 7tm and NucleaRDB at http NR or http NR are Information Systems for G protein-coupled receptors (Figure 6.3) and nuclear receptors, respectively (Horn et al., 2001). Both sites provide links to sequence databases, bibliographic references, alignments, and phylogenetic trees based on sequence data. In addition, GPCRDB also provides mutation data, lists of available pdb files, and tables of ligand binding constants to receptors of acetylcholine, adrenaline, dopamine, histamine, serotonin, opioid, adenosine, cannabis, melatonin, and y-aminobutyric acid.

Parkinson Disease

James Parkinson first described Parkinson disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder with an incidence range from 4.9 to 26 per 100,000 and prevalence of approximately 200 per 100,000, in 1817 in his monograph Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Parkinson termed the disease paralysis agitans and reported resting tremor, festinant gait, flexed posture, dysarthria, dysphagia, insomnia, and constipation as the hallmarks of the condition. Charcot subsequently used the term Parkinson's disease, and differentiated the resting tremor of PD from the cerebellar outflow action tremor seen in multiple sclerosis. He also noted that tremor was not always present in all PD cases, and that cognitive decline may also be a part of the disease. In 1893 researchers discovered that the substantia nigra was abnormal in those afflicted with PD. Subsequent examinations of the brains of patients dying with idiopathic PD demonstrated

Word About Sleep

It has now been well established that GE reflux is associated with significant sleep complaints, many of which may be referred to primary care physicians, or gastroenterologists who care for patients with GERD (Shaker et al, 2003). It has been noted above that sleeping position does affect reflux, and patients should avoid sleeping in the right lateral position. It is known that disturbed sleep and transient arousals from sleep do tend to be associated with reflux events in GERD patients. Thus, the logical conclusion would be that if these transient arousal responses, and improved sleep, could be accomplished, reflux events during sleep would be reduced. In addition, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea have also been shown to be associated with increased complaints of heartburn and esophageal acid contact time. Furthermore, the majority of GERD patients complain of nighttime heartburn, and awakenings from sleep due to heartburn. In addition, such patients also show a marked decrease...


Between the seventies and eighties there had been a natural evolution in the field of ambulatory-home EEG monitoring. This trend has continued over the past 15 years. Now, the use of ambulatory EEG monitoring for the diagnosis of patients with seizures, sleep disorders, and difficult-to-diagnose episodic events is common.

Adjunctive Therapy

Adjunctive therapy is intended to promoted drainage of secretions and improve oxygenation to the obstructed sinus ostia. Multiple agents with different mechanisms of action are often administered. These include decongestants that are alpha-adrenergic agonists that constrict the capacitance vessels and decrease mucosal edema. Topical therapy such as oxymetazoline or neosynephrine may be used in an acute setting, but overuse can cause a rebound effect and rhinitis medicamentosa. Systemic decongestants can be used for longer periods of time, but may cause insomnia and exacerbation of underlying systemic hypertension.


The medieval prototype of the ''sleep apple'' that appears in the story of Snow White usually contained opium, mandrake, henbane, hemlock, wine, and musk. Usually, the user was expected to inhale the fumes of the apple rather than eating it. The ''soporific sponges'' recommended by medieval surgeons contained similar mixtures. By the sixteenth century, surgeons were describing old favorites like mandrake as poisonous drugs that lulled the senses and made men cowards. In Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra safely used mandrake to sleep away the hours before Antony's return. Shakespeare alludes to various soporific agents, such as poppy, mandragora, and ''drowsy syrups,'' but these agents were unreliable at best. In the real world, surgeons found that drugged patients who slept like the dead during surgery often failed to awaken afterwards. Opium retained its favored status long after mandrake was discarded. Eminent physicians like Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689) and John Hunter...

Other Uses

EEG monitoring acquires much more data than routine EEGs. It can be better in detecting interictal abnormalities, particularly in patients who have normal baseline EEGs or who have findings of questionable significance such as various sharp transients. Cardiac arrhythmias may also be found. Sleep disorders may be identified, particularly when eye movement, electromyography (EMG), and respiratory function are monitored in addition to the EEG recording of sleep states. Determination of the pr cipitants for seizures can also be detailed through monitoring, e.g.,in catamenial and reflex-related seizure disorders.


Formed visual hallucinations are more complex with vivid scenes like a film, sometimes close to real (members of family), sometimes full of fantasy (ninja turtles, dancing Russians, medieval stories), but soundless. In some cases, the hallucinations may be frightening (house burning, wild animals). Auditory hallucinations are rare and tactile hallucinations often involve animals. As they are more frequent in the evening they may be associated with vivid dreams and sleep disorders (15).


Other treatable comorbid illnesses must also be considered, most notably infections (e.g., pneumonia and urinary tract infections), psychiatric disorders, and sleep disorders. Although psychotic features rarely occur in the CBS, depression evolves in essentially every patient, likely owing in part to the preserved insight that is also characteristic of the disorder. Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, etc. occur with some frequency in the CBS, and treatment can improve quality of life (100). REM sleep behavior disorder is very rare in the CBS in fact if it is present, one must suspect some contribution of synucleinopathy pathology (101). Despite the difficulties of manipulating the headgear as part of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy owing to the limb apraxia, CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea can be tolerated and used effectively in many patients. Patients and...


The most common forms of brainstem myoclonus appear to utilize the same circuitry as the normal startle reflex (Shibasaki, 2000). Brainstem myoclonus (Hallett, 2002) can be induced in experimental animals by injection of various drugs into the brainstem reticular formation at the nucleus gigantocellularis reticularis or anatomically related structures, such as the interior olives. This medullary reticular region has also been implicated in the paradoxically excitatory manifestation of myoclonus during REM sleep. In hereditary essential myoclonus, cerebral blood flow studies revealed reduction of cortical cerebral blood flow contralateral to the myoclonus, which suggests a brainstem or basal ganglia lesion.

Touch therapies

The evidence base for use of the touch therapies is growing. A wide range of uses includes helping to promote relaxation, alleviate anxiety, reduce depression, reduce pain, reduce nausea, alleviate symptoms such as breathlessness, alleviate side effects of chemotherapy, improve sleep pattern, reduce stress and tension, reduce psychological distress, provide emotional support, improve wellbeing and quality of life, encourage acceptance of altered body image


General Sickles Viewing His Leg

For more-chronic conditions such as dry gangrene and persistent fracture non-union with chronic pain, purulent discharge, loss of weight, sleeplessness and immobility, it is apparent courage of a different kind is manifest. We have already recorded the remarkable determination of a boy, aged about 9, with severe chronic leg complications after crushing by a cartwheel a year previously. Reduced to a skeleton with 11 discharging fistulae and his health fading fast, he insisted on removal of his useless limb, saying to the surgeon


Polysomnographic studies show a diminished total sleep time, an increase in awakenings, and progressive loss of REM sleep. These disturbances can be attributed to degeneration of brainstem structures crucial to generate normal sleep patterns, such as the pontine tegmentum, characteristically involved in PSP.


The sedating properties of clonidine have been exploited to help alleviate the chronic difficulties in falling asleep that are common in many children with ADHD. Jefferson Prince and colleagues (1996) reported that of sixty-two children and adolescents treated with clonidine about an hour before bedtime, 85 percent had significantly less difficulty falling asleep. Many of these children (68 percent) were being treated successfully with stimulant medications during the day and were given small doses of clonidine, typically either a half or full 0.1 mg tablet, about an hour before bedtime. Because many patients with ADHD suffer from one or more comorbid psychiatric disorders, one medication is often not sufficient to control their symptoms. For example, as described above, many patients whose ADHD symptoms respond well to treatment with stimulants throughout the day continue to have great difficulty falling asleep at night. A significant percentage of these patients experience much less...


Peptide Anatomy

Melatonin is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan and the other monoamines from the amino acid tyrosine. Thyroid hormone (TH) is an unusual case in three respects (1) its synthesis begins with the production of a large protein called thyroglobulin, although this protein is not part of the finished TH (2) TH is composed of two tyrosine molecules linked together and (3) the synthesis of TH requires a mineral, iodine. TH is synthesized in the

What is abnormal

Axis I disorders disorders of infancy, childhood or adolescence cognitive disorders such as dementia and amnesia substance-related disorders psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia mood disorders anxiety disorders somatoform disorders (that is, disorders about the body) factitious disorders (in which symptoms are feigned or consciously produced) dissociative disorders (temporary alterations to consciousness) sexual disorders eating disorders sleep disorders impulse control disorders (such as compulsive stealing or lying) adjustment disorders.

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