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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Health Research: Activate 'off signals' for pain ♦ Lower the risk of sleep apnea ♦ Smokers who use e-cigarettes less likely to quit, study shows

Playing a wind instrument could help lower the risk of sleep apnea Wind instrument players have a reduced risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. "The findings of our small study present an interesting theory on preventative measures or treatment in sleep apnea. If the findings are confirmed in larger groups, wind instrument playing could become a cheap and non-invasive method of preventing sleep apnea in those at risk of developing the condition,"
Adenosine receptor can activate 'off signals' for pain Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention, but the available treatments are not always successful at relieving pain in patients with chronic pain. Now researchers found that drugs targeting the A3 adenosine receptor can "turn off" pain signals in the spinal cord to provide relief from chronic pain.
In a new genome-wide association study, a team of neuroscientists found evidence that some people may be more genetically susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss than others
Smokers who use e-cigarettes less likely to quit, The increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation tool. In a new study, researchers found that smokers who used e-cigarettes were 49 percent less likely to decrease cigarette use and 59 percent less likely to quit smoking.

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