Alertness

Expert says sleep is essential on road trips

Road trips are a summer tradition for many families, but some are so focused on reaching their final destination that drivers tend to ignore their bodies' need for sleep. However, Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Philip Alapat ...

Jul 28, 2016
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Finding skin cancer in a flash

The typical nude skin cancer checks with long photo sessions at your dermatologist's office to track any suspicious skin marks just got a lot more accurate, while reducing the chance of unnecessary biopsies.

Jul 29, 2016
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Smartphone exercises for a better mood

Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our mood. This is the latest finding from psychologists at the University of Basel and their international colleagues, reported in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Jul 28, 2016
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Drunk driving laws don't match the research

Emergency physicians learn to be prepared for anything thrown at us in the clinical arena. Personal life is a different story. Last year a drunk driver with multiple prior offenses and no valid driver's license smashed a ...

Jul 25, 2016
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Alertness is the state of paying close and continuous attention, being watchful and prompt to meet danger or emergency, or being quick to perceive and act. It is related to psychology as well as to physiology. A lack of alertness is a symptom of a number of conditions, including narcolepsy, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, Addison's disease, or sleep deprivation. The word is formed from "alert", which comes from the Italian "all'erta" (on the watch, literally, on the height; 1618)

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