Health News

Sleeping Sickness Watch Out
The tsetse fly, a nasty little critter, is a taxi cab service for parasites causing sleeping sickness. Researchers hope to wipe out sleeping sickness by targeting the tsetse fly.
Sleep Arithmetic can Subtract Years From Your Life
If the number of hours you sleep don't add up, you could be subtracting years from your life and lowering brain function in the process. Bottom line - you need 6-8 hours of sleep - not more, not less.
Sleep Deprivation Causes Risky Financial Choices
Casinos know sleepy people can make poor decisions. Using functional MRI scans, we now know which regions of the brain work best without sleep. And which brain regions assess positive outcomes.
Nursing Needs Sleeping Too
Due to the nursing shortage stemming from the 1980's, many nurse shifts start at 7:00 am til 7:00 pm or from 7:00 pm til 7:00 am, with many night nurses often working three consectutive shifts. These elongagated work schedules create Circadian Misalignment, a sleep/wake pattern disjointed with humans' biological clocks.
Childhood Cancer Survivors and Sleep
Everyone feels better after a good night's sleep. Everyone also feels listless after a restless night.
Deep Sleep Detects Parkinson's
Over time, the toll that Parkinson's disease takes on the body and mind gets worse and worse. Although Parkinson's has no cure, finding it early can help patients in many ways. New research shows that early symptoms of the disease can be seen in dream sleep.
Your Sleepy Brain is Overly Positive
Looking at images of the brain, Duke University researchers found that people who were sleep deprived had increased brain activity in the parts of the brain that process positive outcomes.
Some of Us Really Have to Work at Sleep
Unemployment can affect your health in so many ways, including your ability to sleep, according to a recent analysis by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Can't Eat, Can't Sleep
It's hard enough to get a baby to sleep. Now, researchers say that babies and toddlers who have trouble sleeping may also have eating problems.
Do Not Disturb
A significant portion of American adults report not getting enough sleep. Through studying certain brian rhythms, researchers have gained insight into one factor that may cause people to be easily disturbed during sleep.