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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Mimicking deep sleep brain activity improves memory
It is not surprising that a good night's sleep improves our ability to remember what we learned during the day. (Medical News Today)

Five common medical misconceptions
Science constantly uncovers new information, but there are still plenty of misconceptions that get passed around. Here we burst five such common myths. (Medical News Today)

Shift workers perform worse on cognitive test
New research from Sweden shows that compared with non-shift workers, people who work shifts performed less well on a test commonly used to screen for cognitive impairment. (Medical News Today)

Sleep disorders common in athletes - but easily fixable
Professional athletes suffer from sleep disorders more frequently than generally thought, however, systematic examination, counselling and individual treatment planning can improve the quality of... (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Study explains link to sleep hormone melatonin
A new study shows that the sleep hormone melatonin disrupts insulin in people with a common gene mutation and may explain why type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in shift workers. (Medical News Today)

REM sleep essential for normal memory formation
Mouse study shows activity of certain brain cells in rapid eye movement sleep - but not during other sleep phases or wakefulness - is required for normal memory consolidation. (Medical News Today)

Myocardial fibrosis identified as new therapeutic target
Obstructive sleep apnoea patients with myocardial fibrosis had poor cardiovascular outcomes. (Medical News Today)

New findings explain the connection between melatonin and type 2 diabetes
A new experimental and clinical study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the sleep hormone melatonin impairs insulin secretion in people with a common gene variant. (Medical News Today)

Rapid eye movement sleep: Keystone of memory formation
For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep - the phase where dreams appear - is directly involved in memory formation. (Medical News Today)

Program participation results in long-term weight loss
Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that losing even a modest amount of weight can reap significant rewards, including lower blood pressure, lower blood... (Medical News Today)

NHS needs to perform more weight loss surgery to curb the obesity epidemic, argue experts
Despite being the most successful treatment for obesity, the availability of bariatric surgery is limited. (Medical News Today)

How the smartphone may help insomnia
An investigation published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates how the smartphone may have a potential in the treatment of insomnia. (Medical News Today)

Could flies help us understand brain injuries?
A new study by SDSU scientists finds that fruit flies could be a model organism for learning the genetic pathways that affect human brain injuries and recovery.Each year, an estimated 1. (Medical News Today)

Clinical trial underway for treatment of sleep apnea in adolescents with Down syndrome
New technology may benefit unique population of patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines. (Medical News Today)

Videogame addiction: Sleep loss, obesity, and cardiovascular risk for some gamers
Some children and youth with high videogame addiction tendencies may be at risk of sleep deprivation and disorders associated with obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health, Hamilton researchers have... (Medical News Today)

Snoring, lack of sleep may reduce breast cancer survival
New research finds that women who often snore and have short sleep durations before being diagnosed with breast cancer may be more likely to die from the disease. (Medical News Today)

Does the moon affect our mood or actions?
Are children like werewolves? Study of children's sleeping patterns over lunar cycles. (Medical News Today)

New study shows patients with pacemakers and sleep apnea are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation
Results from a first-of-its-kind study identify a significant increase in the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with pacemaker-detected sleep apnea. (Medical News Today)

Mapping the circuit of our internal clock
Research sheds light on the neural structure that controls our sleep, eating habits, hormones and more.What's that old saying about Mussolini? Say what you will but he made the trains run on time. (Medical News Today)

ACP recommends cognitive behavioral therapy over drugs for treating chronic insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). (Medical News Today)

Salts in the brain control our sleep-wake cycle
Danish research is behind a new epoch-making discovery, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. (Medical News Today)

Sleep problems may last up to 18 months after TBI
People who experience a traumatic brain injury may have sleep problems for up to 18 months after, though many may not be aware of it, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Working nights is bad for the heart
Working at night is unhealthy for the heart and increases the risk of sustaining coronary heart disease, meaning a disease of the coronary arteries. (Medical News Today)

Heart disease risk higher among shift workers
Nurses who do shift work for more than 5 years have a small but significantly higher risk of heart disease, which wanes in time after they stop working shifts. (Medical News Today)

Study links hypoxemia from obstructive sleep apnea with renal complications in type 2 diabetes
Examining the poorly understood link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes complications, researchers identified specific measures of low blood oxygenation that are associated... (Medical News Today)

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