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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Treating sleep apnea in cardiac patients reduces hospital readmission
A study of hospitalized cardiac patients is the first to show that effective treatment with positive airway pressure therapy reduces 30-day hospital readmission rates and emergency department... (Medical News Today)

Ulcerative colitis patients who have had a colectomy continue to experience symptoms
New research shows that the majority of patients with the challenging inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), state that the three biggest impacts of the disease on their lives are on... (Medical News Today)

Sleep-related infant deaths: sofa sleeping 'particularly dangerous'
A new AAP study suggests that sofa sleeping for infants is a risk factor for sleep-related infant deaths, and researchers caution that caregivers should be aware of the dangers. (Medical News Today)

Seniors suffering from insomnia may have a problem with sleep quality, not duration
Reports of insomnia are common among the elderly, but a new study finds that sleep problems may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that... (Medical News Today)

Children's national physician looks at effects of energy drinks and caffeine consumption on sleep, mood, and performance in children
Pediatrician and sleep medicine specialist at Children's National Health System, Judith Owens, MD, says despite increased consumption of energy drinks, there remain knowledge gaps on the health... (Medical News Today)

After the 90-day danger period, stroke patients remain at high risk for repeat event
Closer monitoring needed for longer periods to help prevent repeat strokes and other serious medical events, study showsPeople who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or... (Medical News Today)

Hormone that keeps us alert also suppresses the spread of cancer
They emerge at night, while we sleep unaware, growing and spreading out as quickly as they can. And they are deadly. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal the point of transition between consciousness and sleep
How can we tell when someone has fallen asleep? To answer this question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new statistical method and behavioural task to track the dynamic... (Medical News Today)

Several experiments on rats prove that chronic melatonine consumption fights obesity and diabetes
Scientists at the University of Granada, in collaboration with La Paz University Hospital in Madrid and the University of Texas, San Antonio in the US have demonstrated through several experiments... (Medical News Today)

Sleep disturbances, pain, disability, depression all linked in osteoarthritis
New research has explored the relationships between sleep, pain, disability and depressive symptoms within osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. (Medical News Today)

Energy drinks cause insomnia and nervousness in athletes
A study analysing the positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes has seen that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also... (Medical News Today)

Tongue is large and has a high percentage of fat in obese adults who have obstructive sleep apnea
A new study of obese adults is the first to show that those who have obstructive sleep apnea have a significantly larger tongue with a higher percentage of fat than obese controls. (Medical News Today)

Worrying rise in sleep apnea in the U.S.
Public health and safety are threatened by the increasing prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, which now afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Twitches during REM sleep activate the brain in a unique way, providing further evidence that sleep twitches teach newborns about their bodies
A University of Iowa study has found twitches made during sleep activate the brains of mammals differently than movements made while awake. (Medical News Today)

Pacemaker neurons regulating biological clock synchronize at dusk and dawn
Scientists have uncovered how pacemaker neurons are synchronized at dusk and dawn in order to maintain the proper functioning of their biological clocks. (Medical News Today)

Brain changes identified that are involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances
A review article published online in Behavioral Brain Research provides novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the... (Medical News Today)

Combating driver fatigue
Research has shown that drinking caffeinated beverages and listening to music are two popular fatigue-fighting measures that drivers take, but very few studies have tested the usefulness of those... (Medical News Today)

Treating sleep disorder could save NHS £28m and prevent 40,000 road accidents a year, finds new report
A report published by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) has found that doubling the number of people being successfully treated for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) could save the NHS up to £28m and... (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnea screening before surgery: treatment helps reduce risk of cardiovascular complications by more than half
Scheduled for surgery? New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before going under the knife. (Medical News Today)

Mother-infant co-sleeping and bed sharing
Bed sharing, a practice where mother and infant sleep on the same surface, remains popular all over the world despite potential health risks for the infant. (Medical News Today)

Study: lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school
A new Swedish study shows that adolescents who suffer from sleep disturbance or habitual short sleep duration are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night's... (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover 'sleep node' responsible for deep sleep
Using innovative new molecular tools and a 'designer' virus, scientists have successfully toggled on and off a region of the brain responsible for deep sleep in mammals. (Medical News Today)

Domestic violence perpetrated by 1 in 5 men
One in five men in the U.S. reports violence towards their spouse or significant other, says a new nationally-representative study by the University of Michigan. (Medical News Today)

Final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle found
Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC's Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Sleep problems may be a hidden epidemic among individuals with multiple sclerosis
In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the... (Medical News Today)

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