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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Anti-cholinergic drugs impair physical function in elderly patients
Drugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be responsible for a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia and the Regenstrief Institute. (Medical News Today)

'Ramp control' algorithm simplifies preoperative test for patients with severe sleep apnea
New anesthesia technique helps show cause of obstruction in sleep apneaA simplified anesthesia procedure may enable more widespread use of preoperative testing to demonstrate the cause of airway... (Medical News Today)

Mental health and sleep in teenagers: chicken and the egg
TEENAGERS are launched onto a slippery slope of insomnia and poor mental health once they start delaying their bed times according to a new university study from South Australia. (Medical News Today)

The negative impacts of stress can be mitigated by healthy diet, sleep and exercise
A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of life's stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by... (Medical News Today)

Lack of sleep 'increases risk of false memories'
A new study led by the University of California-Irvine, suggests sleep deprivation could lead to false memory formation - the recall of an event that never occurred. (Medical News Today)

Shift work associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes
A large meta-analysis assesses the evidence of a link between shift work and a heightened risk for type 2 diabetes. The analysis finds that men are at particular risk. (Medical News Today)

Night light exposure could make breast cancer tumors tamoxifen resistant
A study in rats reveals that tamoxifen - a drug typically used to treat breast cancer that has spread - is less effective when subjects are exposed to dim light at night. (Medical News Today)

Sleep problems that persist after a divorce can be harmful to your health
Those who experience persistent sleep problems after a divorce stand to suffer from more than just dark circles. (Medical News Today)

During aging, lipoic acid helps restore, synchronize the "biological clock"
Researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the surprisingly large range of biological effects that are linked to a micronutrient called lipoic acid: It appears to reset and synchronize... (Medical News Today)

PTSD, poor sleep quality and physical activity
A new study shows that worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Medical News Today)

New data on possible protective behaviors and dementia risk factors emerges at Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014
Participation in activities that promote mental activity, and moderate physical activity in middle age, may help protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in later life... (Medical News Today)

For sleep-related infant deaths, bed-sharing is greatest risk factor
Parents should think twice before sharing their bed with an infant; a new study suggests bed-sharing is the leading cause of sleep-related deaths in younger infants. (Medical News Today)

Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson's disease, can be early indicator of disease onset
Up to 70% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. (Medical News Today)

Dietary manipulation of the body's internal biological clock
Food not only nourishes the body but also affects its internal biological clock, which regulates the daily rhythm of many aspects of human behavior and biology. (Medical News Today)

Sleep affected by the full moon - contradictory findings
According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. (Medical News Today)

The high price paid by parents of newborns for their interrupted sleep
The familiar cry in the night, followed by a blind shuffle to the crib, a feeding, a diaper change, and a final retreat back into oblivion - every hour on the hour. (Medical News Today)

Treatment-resistant hypertension requires proper diagnosis
High blood pressure - also known as hypertension - is widespread, but treatment often fails. One in five people with hypertension does not respond to therapy. (Medical News Today)

Symptoms of schizophrenia possible following sleep deprivation
Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Time of day crucial to accurately test for diseases, new research finds
A new study published in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences), has found that time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on our metabolism. (Medical News Today)

Your reaction to stress may increase your risk for insomnia
A new study is the first to identify specific coping behaviors through which stress exposure leads to the development of insomnia. (Medical News Today)

Community socioeconomic deprivation linked to sleep duration in twin study
A new study of adult twins suggests that the level of socioeconomic deprivation in a neighborhood is associated with the sleep duration of residents. (Medical News Today)

Shift workers who give blood may reduce their risk of heart disease
Austrian researchers have found that jetlag has severe effects on red blood cells, possibly explaining the high incidence of heart disease seen in shift workers. (Medical News Today)

The science behind the 'dream-like states' of psychedelic drugs
From analyzing the effects of psilocybin on the brains of volunteers, researchers find that the drug triggers similar brain activity to what is found in people who are dreaming. (Medical News Today)

Shortness of sleep 'speeds up' aging of the brain
Shortness of sleep could speed up the aging of the brain, according to new research using MRI scans of the head. The work may have implications for dementia in aging populations. (Medical News Today)

'Night owls' who drive early in the morning may be at risk
Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that some of us are "morning-types" and others "evening-types", as a function of the time of day when our biological and cognitive functions are... (Medical News Today)

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