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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Chronic Pain and Mortality
- And Finally, a Story about Artificial Light and Sleep
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #602 recorded August 11, 2017.
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Chronic Pain and Mortality
People who have chronic widespread pain die earlier than those without chronic pain, reported new research from the United Kingdom, and lifestyle may play a significant role in their mortality.
The evidence is now clear that persons with chronic widespread pain experience excess mortality,” the researchers wrote in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
“UK Biobank results considerably reduce uncertainty around the magnitude of excess risk, and demonstrate that the risk is unlikely to be due to the experience of pain per se, but is substantially explained by lifestyle factors associated with having pain (poor diet, low levels of physical activity, smoking, higher BMI).”
It’s the largest study to examine the relationship between chronic widespread pain and mortality, the authors indicated, and has considerably more detailed information about potential mediators of any excess risk associated with widespread pain and death.
The study’s conclusion stated that evidence is now clear that persons with chronic widespread pain experience excess mortality.
UK Biobank results considerably reduce uncertainty around the magnitude of excess risk and are consistent with the excess being explained by adverse lifestyle factors, which could be targeted in the management of such patients.
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Artificial Light and Sleep
A recent study published in the journal Ophthalmic Physiological Optics, looked at the relationship between Artificial Light and Sleep.
Exposure to increasing amounts of artificial light during the night may contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction.
Release of the sleep hormone melatonin is mediated by the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs).
This study sought to investigate whether melatonin level and sleep quality can be modulated by decreasing night-time input to the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells.
The study concluded that the use of short wavelength-blocking glasses at night increased subjectively measured sleep quality and objectively measured melatonin levels and sleep duration, presumably as a result of decreased night-time stimulation of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells.
Alterations in the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells -driven pupil response suggest a shift in circadian phase.
Results suggest that minimizing short wavelength light following sunset may help in regulating sleep patterns.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
Dr. Todd Eglow.