Medical Minute 2/9/2016

Senior Allergy Shots

A new study reveals allergy shots are effective for seniors with seasonal allergies.

Researchers tracked a group of older hay fever patients who were treated with allergy or placebo shots for three years.

Allergy shots reduced symptoms by more than half and significantly decreased the amount of medication patients needed for relief.

Experts say doctors should expand the age limit for allergy shots. Because they are safe and effective for seniors.


Metabolic Syndrome Drop

The percentage of teens with metabolic syndrome has not changed over the past 15 years. But the severity has decreased. Thanks to healthier diets.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors like obesity and high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

Data shows teens’ exercise levels stayed the same. But their overall calorie intake dropped thanks to fewer carbohydrates and more protein.


Jet Lag Treatment

A new Stanford University study finds exposing travelers to short flashes of light while they sleep. Could help prevent jet lag!

In sleep lab experiments, this method delayed the onset of sleepiness by almost two hours about an hour and a half longer than those exposed to continuous light.

Researchers say flashing light therapy could be used the night before traveling to trick the brain’s biological clock into adjusting to an awake cycle.


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