In a recent study, neuroscientists at UC Berkley found an interconnected link between slow brain waves generated during sleep and the consolidation of memories in the hippocampus region of the brain. This brain area it seems provides short term memory storage and processing before being delivered to the prefrontal cortex’s longer term memory “hardrive”.
A nonprofit pharmaceutical group will be testing out a new pill that could help tens of thousands of Africans who suffer from a life-threatening sleeping sickness.
“This is a major step in research and development for neglected tropical diseases,” said Bernard Pecoul, who heads the organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).
New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center indicates that the implementation of protected sleep periods for residents who are assigned to overnight shifts in a hospital represent a viable tool in preventing fatigue and alleviating the physiological and behavioral effects of sleep deprivation among these doctors in training.
Giving medical interns “protected” sleep periods when they’re working long shifts is feasible and helps boost their mental alertness, a new study finds.
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