Friday, March 11, 2016

POTPOURRI




Monday night’s agenda has been discussed by bloggers in their reports on the Agenda Setting Session. There is nothing new3.

The Sick Leave Pay Ordinance will probably be approved although I still believe that this should not be a municipality law but a state policy. Its total local effect has not been thought out.

Don’t forget to spring forward Saturday night. However beware of this significant medial research. It is in the “Coffee is good for you, coffee is bad for you” groupings.

Turning clocks ahead an hour in the spring or turning them back again in the fall is associated with an increased incidence of ischemic stroke, at least temporarily, a new study shows.

The increased stroke risk just after a transition to and from daylight saving time is likely related to interrupted sleep patterns, said study author Jori Ruuskanen, MD, PhD, University of Turku, Finland.

He noted that previous studies have shown that shift workers, and others whose sleep may be fragmented, also have increased risk for stroke.

"We don't know what the mechanism behind this is, but what is common is the disturbed sleep," he told Medscape Medical News.

Their findings were released February 29 and will be presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2016 Annual Meeting in April.

Circadian rhythm disruption has been associated with increased risk for ischemic stroke, the authors note. It has been shown previously that daylight saving time transitions disrupt circadian rhythms and can shift the pattern of diurnal variation in stroke onset, they add, but its effects on the overall incidence of ischemic stroke are unclear.

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