NeuroTrials Research CEO Named Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation

June 27, 2011

Russell Rosenberg, PhD has been elected chairman of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) for a two-year term starting July 1. Dr. Rosenberg is a board certified sleep specialist with 26 years of clinical and research experience, and is the CEO of NeuroTrials Research and the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine.

As chairman, Dr. Rosenberg will lead the National Sleep Foundation’s board of directors, comprised of physicians, scientists, and business professionals. Christopher L. Drake, PhD andAmy Wolfson, PhD will serve as the new Vice-Chair and Secretary to the NSF Board.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as chairman of the National Sleep Foundation. We’ll continue on our mission to improve sleep health and safety in this country. Getting good sleep is as important as eating the proper diet and exercising regularly.” said Dr. Rosenberg.

Drs. Helene Emsellem and Joseph Ojile will join the NSF board in July as its two newest members. Dr. Emsellem is the Medical Director for theCenterofSleepand Wake Disorders inChevy Chase,Maryland, and Dr. Ojile is the founder and Medical Director of the Clayton Sleep Institute inSt. Louis,Missouri. Both Dr. Emsellem and Dr. Ojile have served as volunteers for various NSF committees.

“The National Sleep Foundation has been fortunate in its ability to attract leading sleep scientists and clinicians to volunteer their expertise,” said David M. Cloud, NSF’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We are greatly honored that Dr. Rosenberg has accepted a leading role with the Foundation.”

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New Research: Late Class Start Times Leads to Restless Sleep, Other Issues

June 16, 2011

Parents, you may want to force your college kids to sign up for that 8 am English class.

A new research study, presented at SLEEP 2011in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week, found that college students who schedule classes later in the day are more likely to fit in a full night’s rest- as well as a full night out on the town.

The study, conducted by two St. Lawrence psychologists, surveyed 253 students on a variety of factors associated with mood, sleep and academic performance.

According to the study, later class start times may lead college students to binge drink- driving down their GPA.

“Later class start times predicted more drinking, more sleep time and modestly lower grades, overall,” said the study’s co-lead author Pamela Thacher, associate professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

While students starting class later in the day logged more sleep than their morning bird counterparts, they did not feel well rested. The students reported more daytime sleepiness and earned slighly lower GPAs. Students who stayed up late and slept more in the day also reported drinking more than those springing out of bed at 8 a.m.

The study also pointed out previous studies of elementary and high school students that found later start times improve attendance, mood, and driving safety.


New Research: Do You Have Taste Buds in Your Lungs?

June 10, 2011

When eating, receptors in the taste buds send signals to our brain to determine if a food tastes pleasing. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have just discovered similar receptors inside the lungs, which could lead to more effective treatments for pulmonary disorders such as asthma and COPD.

Have you ever eaten fruit that wasn’t quite ripe? Your 25 bitter taste receptors let you know the food wasn’t ready for consumption. However, those 25 receptors aren’t all located on your tongue- they are in your throat as well. Researchers found that exposing the lung receptors to bitter compounds caused the airways to relax, a major breakthrough for pulmonary disorders. According to researchers, the bitter compounds were able to open up airways much better than current medications.

Researchers suggest the most effective drugs would be chemical modifications of the bitter compounds they used in aerolized form (an inhaler) and inhaled into the lungs.

Do you suffer from COPD? NeuroTrials Research is currently enrolling for 3 COPD research studies. If you or someone you know suffers from COPD, learn more at our Website.


Sleep Disorders on the Rise in Women

June 3, 2011

While sleep deprivation is a common concern for all ages and gender in the United States, lack of sleep is a growing problem for women.

What’s the culprit for women’s sleepiness? Work. According to Marcy Fadness, PA-C, of Gundersen Lutheran Health Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While presenting at the American Academy of Physician Assistants 39th annual meeting, Fadness stated that  women work an average of 41.7 hours per week away from home. Add in housework duties and most women are logging 65-85 hours per week (men squeak in at a total of 48.8 hours).

According to Fadness, women’s quality of sleep has depleted in the past 100 years for a variety of factors- more stress, jobs outside the home, children, more pets, snoring bed partners.

Most women can divide their life- and their quality of sleep- into 3 phases: menstrual, pregnancy, and menopause. For reasons such as discomfort, pain, or worry, 79% of pregnant women report a change (for the worse) in their sleep.

For menopausal women, those with hot flashes report a sleep disturbance every 8 minutes. Even those without hot flashes can experience a sleep disturbance once every 18 minutes.

How does your lifestyle influence your sleep?

No surprise, working moms receive the least amount of sleep, and 72% report instances of insomnia. 74% of stay at home moms report poor sleep quality. Part-time working moms fare the best, which could be attributed to a flexible schedule allowed for napping. Single women spend the least time in bed.

Do you have trouble sleeping? Check out our studies page for information on clinical trials for individuals with insomnia and sleep apnea. Qualified participants receive study-related care at no cost, and may be compensated for time and travel.