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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Study finds brain chemicals that keep wakefulness in check
Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time. (Medical News Today)

Sleepy fruitflies get mellow
Sleep deprivation reduces aggression, mating behavior in fliesWhether you're a human, a mouse, or even a fruitfly, losing sleep is a bad thing, leading to physiological effects and behavioral... (Medical News Today)

Sleep makes our memories more accessible, study shows
Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research from the University of Exeter and the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and... (Medical News Today)

Prostate cancer not caused by shift work
As well as the daily strain of their working lives, shift workers are probably also more likely than other people to develop cancer. (Medical News Today)

One night of sleep loss can alter clock genes in your tissues
Swedish researchers at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institute have found that genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered after losing a single night of... (Medical News Today)

Elderberry benefits air travellers
The negative health effects of international air travel are well documented but now it seems that the common elderberry can provide some reliefElderberries are pictured. (Medical News Today)

Mouse model tests health risks of circadian disturbances
People who work outside of the normal 9-5 schedule or experience frequent jet lag have been found to be at an increased risk for everything from weight gain to cancer, but there are too many... (Medical News Today)

Clinical pathway uncovers obstructive sleep apnea in hospitalized patients
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) remains under-recognized in hospitalized patients, despite being associated with cardiovascular complications and sudden death. (Medical News Today)

Night Sweats: Facts, Causes and Treatments
People who suffer night sweats or sleep hyperhidrosis will often wake in the night to find their sleepwear and sheets drenched. Although annoying, night sweats are often harmless. (Medical News Today)

British Lung Foundation launches new sleep apnoea toolkit to find missing million
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has launched a new obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) toolkit for commissioners and planning services to support them in improving the delivery of sleep services... (Medical News Today)

The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes
If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep.A new UC Berkeley study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. (Medical News Today)

Losing half a night of sleep makes memories less accessible in stressful situations
It is known that sleep facilitates the formation of long-term memory in humans. (Medical News Today)

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia with psychiatric, medical conditions
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely used nonpharmacologic treatment for insomnia disorders and an analysis of the medical literature suggests it also can work for patients whose insomnia is... (Medical News Today)

REM sleep critical for young brain development; medication interferes
REM sleep locks in skills and experiencesRapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains reports a new study from... (Medical News Today)

Clemson research: Bad sleep habits linked to higher self-control risks
Poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self-control, which presents risks to individuals' personal and professional lives, according to Clemson University researchers. (Medical News Today)

Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of traumatic scenes
A good night's sleep could be the wrong response to traumaA good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. (Medical News Today)

Stanford study: Immune response to a flu protein yields new insights into narcolepsy
An international team of researchers has found some of the first solid evidence that narcolepsy may be a so-called "hit-and-run" autoimmune disease. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests that a causal pathway may link job stress and sleep disturbances
Promoting healthy sleep may be an effective strategy to improve life at workA new study suggests that there may be a reciprocal, causal pathway between job strain and disturbed sleep, implying... (Medical News Today)

For women with bipolar disorder, sleep quality affects mood
Poor sleep is associated with negative mood in women with bipolar disorder, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Michigan Medical School. (Medical News Today)

Genes responsible for increased activity during the summer
University of Leicester researchers reveal that a thermosensory gene changes behavior in warmer climatesThe warm temperature on a summer's day is often a time for relaxing, but researchers from... (Medical News Today)

How your brain knows it's summer
Researchers led by Toru Takumi at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered a key mechanism underlying how animals keep track of the seasons. (Medical News Today)

Scientists identify a calcium channel essential for deep sleep
Sleep seems simple enough, a state of rest and restoration that almost every vertebrate creature must enter regularly in order to survive. (Medical News Today)

Molecular features of the circadian clock system in fruit flies
Studies of mutant fruit flies reveal how both photoreceptors and the visual system influence circadian clock neurons in response to changing light-dark cycles. (Medical News Today)

Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future
When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.An illustration of a sleeping rat. (Medical News Today)

Functioning brain follows famous sand pile model
One of the deep problems in understanding the brain is to understand how relatively simple computing units (the neurons), collectively perform extremely complex operations (thinking). (Medical News Today)

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