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Medical News Today: Alcohol disrupts body's sleep regulator

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 02:00
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?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:00
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: Kids' obesity risk increased by short sleep and breathing problems

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
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: Sugars may contribute to high blood pressure more than salt

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:00
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role than salt in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to new research in the journal Open Heart.

Medical News Today: 23andMe and the future of home DNA testing

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00
The 23andMe home genomics kit is currently banned for sale by the FDA but has recently been approved for market in the UK. We investigate the controversies attached to the test.

Medical News Today: Shorter, cheaper radiation treatment not given to most breast cancer patients

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:00
Despite 2011 guidelines endorsing shorter radiation for early-stage breast cancer patients, a new study finds most eligible patients are still receiving a longer treatment.

Medical News Today: Zinc test for early breast cancer looks promising

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 06:00
Using techniques from the field of earth sciences, researchers may have found a way of picking up early signs of breast cancer by looking for changes in zinc composition.

Medical News Today: Could laughing gas be used to treat severe depression?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 02:00
A small pilot study suggests treatment with nitrous oxide or laughing gas may help patients with severe depression whose illness is not responding to conventional therapies.

Medical News Today: America's health rankings findings: who takes the crown as healthiest state?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:00
Find out the healthiest and least healthy states in 2014, according to America's Health Rankings, together with disturbing news of rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity.

Medical News Today: Robotic surgery can now treat previously inoperable tumors

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:00
Head and neck cancer tumors previously unreachable can be treated with a groundbreaking new surgery method that is also minimally invasive.

Medical News Today: Mobilize survivors to contain Ebola, experts argue

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:00
Ebola survivors may play a vital role in containing Ebola, suggest experts, by training as caregivers and community mediators, as they are largely immune from reinfection.

Medical News Today: Injectable, self-assembling structures 'could fight cancer'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:00
Harvard researchers report success in using self-assembling, biodegradable mesoporous silica rods - loaded with immune system-triggering drugs - to treat disease in mice.

Medical News Today: Preeclampsia during pregnancy and child's autism risk linked

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:00
A large population-based, case-controlled study finds a link between children diagnosed with autism and their mothers experiencing preeclampsia during pregnancy.

Medical News Today: Age-linked gene changes underlie therapy-related leukemia in cancer patients

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:00
New study finds - contrary to current thinking - a leukemia that can follow cancer treatment is linked to age-related gene mutations in cells that resist treatment then multiply.