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Which Came First: Migraine or Sleepless Night?

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People who suffer from migraines often have trouble getting a good night's sleep, but it's not clear whether migraines cause poor sleep quality or poor sleep quality causes migraines.

A new meta-analysis of 32 studies involving more than 10,000 people doesn't answer the question but it did identify two key factors. First, adults and children with migraines appear to spend less time in rapid eye movement -- or REM -- sleep, which is important for learning and memory function. Second, although children with migraines fall asleep faster than other children (perhaps due to sleep deprivation), their sleep quality is worse.

Body of Knowledge

If an average man never shaved, his beard would grow to approximately 30 feet. The world's longest documented beard belonged to Hans Langseth, a North Dakotan farmer who died in 1927. He began growing his beard in 1865 at the age of 19. He requested that the beard be cut off at his death and preserved. It was 17 feet, 6 inches long and now resides in the Smithsonian Institution.

Get Me That, Stat!

Nearly 5% of adults in the United States use electronic cigarettes or other electronic vaping products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of teens vaping cannabis is rising.


Stories for the Waiting Room

Mental health professionals long ago moved from using the word "schizophrenic" to the kinder, less authoritative "person with schizophrenia." A new study indicates doing so has broad benefits, largely by helping destigmatize disabilities and mental health conditions.

Some advocates say the same approach should now be used for diabetics and alcoholics, switching instead to "persons with diabetes" and "persons with alcoholism."

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