Sleep Problems – How to Deal With Insomnia

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Sleep Problems - How To Deal With Insomnia Almost everyone experiences sleep problems - insomnia.  Although a fortunate few routinely enjoy refreshing sleep, most of us at least occasionally suffer through less than restful nighttime hours.  While individual requirements for sleep vary considerably, the optimal range typically hovers around seven hours.  Either too little or too much sleep may be associated with negative health consequences. Definition Medically speaking insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, awakening early and being unable to return to sleep or arising in the morning feeling unrefreshed.  Generally a combination of these symptoms occur in those affected. By definition insomnia must persist for at least three months and requires at least three weekly episodes of problem sleep together with a negative impact…
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High Blood Pressure | When to Treat

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 HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE | WHEN TO TREAT  When to treat high blood pressure (HBP) remains a major topic of conversation with confusing recommendations issued by different organizations.  Without question HBP ranks as a major cause of hardening of the arteries, stroke, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney malfunction, cardiovascular related death and dementia.  Actually HBP related conditions represent the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States behind only cigarette smoking. While medical experts express unanimity in their clarion call to treat HBP with appropriate therapy, agreement falters and arguments begin over the most basic elements on what constitutes HBP, how to measure it, when does the risk of harm become sufficiently great to warrant treatment and whether to begin a regimen of lifestyle modification versus oral medication. BLOOD…
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Migraine Headaches | Imperfect Understanding

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MIGRAINE HEADACHES | Imperfect Understanding  Our understanding of migraine headaches in currently imperfect.  While headache remains the most recognizable symptom of a migraine attack, it represents only one part of the disease process.  Migraine headaches typically incapacitate the sufferer, disrupt other activities and demand immediate attention.  Among people between ages 15-49, migraine represents the third leading cause of disability. Although middle aged women bear the brunt of this disease, it tends to begin during late childhood affecting up to 10-15% of adolescents.  As many as 1 in 6 women develop migraines; among men the incidence is 1 in 12.  Overall 36 million Americans experience periodic migraine attacks.  The incidence and severity of attacks tend to peak around age 40 with a flare during the peri-menopausal years.  Infrequently the condition begins after…
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