News Scan 8/6/2019: Diabetes, “Z” drugs and Music Therapy

woman sleeping while listening to music

I particularly like the 3rd article today about music and brain recovery after a stroke. It’s simple to do, isn’t likely to cause harm (I’d avoid music that causes stress), doesn’t cost much of anything and seems to work! Maybe a little night music could help people sleep without a pill?

 

Is Your Type 2 Diabetes Really Type 1? It Makes a Difference 

Recent research shows that 30% of those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after the age of 30 actually have Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. A sign would be diet and medicine not being effective and progressing to insulin dependency within a couple of years. 

Does that matter? Yes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be managed with diet and lifestyle changes, so using that treatment delays appropriate treatment and puts those at unnecessary risk.

 

“Z”zzzzzz Drugs, Warning of Dangerous, Unusual Behavior 

Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata lead the pack of “Z” drugs. The FDA has added its most serious warning to their packaging listing “complex sleep behaviors” potentially leading to serious injury or death. The warning applies to zolpidem tartrate: Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo and Zolpimist. Eszopiclone: Lunesta. Zaleplon: Sonata. 

 

Music Therapy and Stroke Recovery 

Can music help stroke victims? It seems yes. A small study (78 patients, link below) from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and East Anglia (among others) found improvements in cognitive recovery after a stroke by using both music and mindfulness techniques. 


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