Let Your Baby Cry for Better Sleep
Michael Gradisar, PhD, associate professor in the School of Psychology at Flinders University (Australia), and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Paediatrics
about the problem of children waking up several times at night and crying to attract attention making mothers sleep-deprived. This study has shown that letting the baby cry without touching the baby makes the baby sleep longer and lets the mother also sleep. If the baby cries before bedtime, it is good.
The study also showed that it is not dangerous to let the baby cry for a long time. It is a different story if the baby is sick and needs attention. Often, the baby gets used to more attention if it cries. But it soon learns to stop crying if it comes to know that no one cares!
Is Unhappy Marriage Good for Health?
Anew study suggests that the link between a person’s health and the quality of his/her marriage may be less straightforward than we assume. It finds that, compared with happily married peers, men in unhappy marriages are less likely to develop diabetes, and if they do, it arises later and is better managed! This completely overturns the prevailing wisdom. This study was led by Professor Hui Liu, an associate professor in sociology at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and is published in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Professor Liu claims that: “The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health. It also encourages family scholars to distinguish different sources and types of marital quality. Sometimes, nagging is caring.” Maybe diabetes needs constant monitoring and a nagging spouse might be an asset for better control. The nagging spouse might disrupt the marriage though!
Polypharmacy for the Elderly
Defined as more than five drugs at a given time polypharmacy is very common for the elderly. Some 28% of hospital admissions in old age are due to the fallout of polypharmacy where some drug might not be needed or some of them might interact among themselves creating adverse drug reactions. Polypharmacy is the fifth leading cause of death in the US. Sometimes, patients might fail to follow the doctors’ instructions when they are dealing with many drugs.
Even doctors, working in silos, could be at fault. Dr Dima Qato feels that: “Patients may be prescribed medications from multiple prescribers, especially if they suffer from multiple chronic conditions, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. Some, or all, of their doctors may not be aware of all the medications prescribed or used. For this reason, patients should tell all their doctors, especially their primary care physician, all the medications and supplements they use, even if they weren’t prescribed by them.” In the US, people aged 65-69 years take an average of around 14 prescription drugs, rising to 18 by the time they are 80-84 years old. Older people can also be more susceptible because their bodies and needs may change more quickly, over time. As they become frailer, doses and treatments can affect them differently. Those with dementia can become confused or forgetful.
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