Sydney: Older women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have improved sexual function, less insomnia and fewer hot flushes, a study released recently has found.
The research, which studied 2,130 post-menopausal women from Australia, New Zealand and Britain, found that using the combined estrogen and progestogen hormone therapy could improve some quality of life measures.
The results come amid debate about the risks and benefits of hormone therapy for post-menopausal women that has also been linked to a higher risk of stroke, blood clots and breast cancer.
Most women in the study were in their mid-60s, having hit menopause on average 13 years... read more
A lot of moms develop instinctively a way of putting their babies to sleep. However, experts agreed that a regular bedtime routine is an effective triggers to tell them it's sleep time.
A good way to adopt a baby bedtime routine is to consistently practice it every day because, according to studies, babies as young as a few weeks respond well to bedtime routines that include baby massage. The Baby Bedtime Routine is a simple three-step process.
1. Give the baby a five-minute relaxing warm bath for an initial exciting activity for the baby.
2. Give the baby a two-minute oil massage applied... read more
Depriving infants of slumber can have serious consequences
Filipino parents believe that their babies sleep well at night. But think again. A global sleep survey revealed that Filipino babies ranked in among those who has the lowest number of nighttime sleep hours (an average of 9 hours and 9 minutes) compared to the Caucasian babies who were registered to have the longest duration of nighttime sleep (10 hours).
Conducted recently among 30,000 respondents, 1,100 of which were Filipino moms with babies, a study2 found Filipino and Asian babies woke up several times during the night-an average of 32 minutes every night-compared to... read more
Paris: Scientists have confirmed what parents of teenagers have always suspected: adolescents are out of sync with the rest of the world.Most teens probably don't get enough sleep and suffer in their school work because their internal clocks make them night owls, according to a study published recently.Researchers in Australia showed the average teenager misses more than an hour of sleep each night and is forced to wake up 2.5 hours earlier than his or her natural rhythms would dictate. High-school students with a late-night "circadian preference," as the biologically-driven cycle is called, reported doing more poorly in school, and... read more