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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Sleep deprivation linked to cell damage
Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. (Medical News Today)

Link between sleep disturbance and amyloid in brain areas affected by Alzheimer's disease
Healthy, elderly research participants who report being more sleepy and less rested have higher levels of amyloid deposition in regions of the brain that are affected in Alzheimer's disease... (Medical News Today)

Timing of test, surgery, insurance examined in sleep-disordered-breathing cases
Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer... (Medical News Today)

Few US high school students are getting enough sleep
Many American high school students are not getting the recommended amount of sleep at night, a Columbia University study suggests.Researchers found that only 6.2 percent to 7. (Medical News Today)

Bed-sharing toddlers 'more likely to develop asthma in later childhood'
Examining an association between toddlers who share the bed with their parents and risk of asthma later in childhood, researchers suggest that the link is multifactorial. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol disrupts body's sleep regulator
Using alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis - the brain’s system for regulating sleepiness and wakefulness - and can cause insomnia over time, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Does poor sleep increase risk of dementia?
New research has uncovered an association between having lower levels of oxygen while sleeping, less deep sleep and the development of brain lesions associated with dementia. (Medical News Today)

Short sleep and breathing problems increase obesity risk for kids
Two modifiable sleep disorders, chronic sleep loss and sleep-related breathing problems, double the risk of a child being obese by the age of 15, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Study finds eczema, short stature not associated overall
Eczema, an itchy chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, was not associated overall with short stature in an analysis of data from several studies, although a small group of children and... (Medical News Today)

Innovative medical treatment for life threatening obstructive sleep apnea launches in US
Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc. announces the U.S. launch of Night Shift, a new therapy recently cleared by the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Worry less, be happier - just by going to bed earlier
When you go to bed, and how long you sleep at a time, might actually make it difficult for you to stop worrying. (Medical News Today)

Researchers link altered sleep-wake protein to cancer development
In a new study, researchers find that when a protein that regulates our circadian rhythm is disrupted - through shift work, for example - it may increase the risk of cancer. (Medical News Today)

Movements help measure child sleep problems for better diagnosis
A study to accurately determine whether sleep disturbances stem from breathing problems will allow children to get the help they need. (Medical News Today)

CDC: over 50% of infants in the US sleep with 'hazardous bedding'
Despite current recommendations, a new study finds that more than 50% of infants in the US are placed to sleep with bedding that increases risks for sudden infant death. (Medical News Today)

Targeting sleep-wake protein may prevent Alzheimer's
Orexin - a protein that wakes the brain from sleep - could be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease, says a study that slowed brain plaque formation in mice via this route. (Medical News Today)

Substance abuse assessments needed before teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs illegally than teens who have never received a prescription, often by obtaining additional... (Medical News Today)

Obstructive sleep apnea treatments may reduce depressive symptoms
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or mandibular advancement devices (MADs) can lead to modest improvements in depressive symptoms, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Protein that rouses the brain from sleep may be target for Alzheimer's prevention
A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease, a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests. (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea linked to impaired exercise capacity
Study finds that people with sleep apnea - where breathing starts and stops during sleep - appear to have a lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic exercise. (Medical News Today)

Combining behavioral and physiologic measures depicts gradual process of falling asleep, may help diagnose sleep disorders
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques. (Medical News Today)

Preschoolers of working moms get less sleep, at greater risk of becoming overweight
The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Researchers unwind the mysteries of the cellular clock
Human existence is basically circadian. Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. (Medical News Today)

Memory problems caused by sleep deprivation prevented in mice
Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don't get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation. (Medical News Today)

Night shift work burns less energy and increases risk of weight gain
People who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule, increasing their risk for weight gain and obesity, according to a new study led... (Medical News Today)

Sleep loss during the school week may contribute to teen drowsy driving risk
A new study suggests that teen drivers who start class earlier in the morning are involved in significantly more motor vehicle accidents than peers with a later high school start time. (Medical News Today)

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