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Sleep Behavior Disorder Linked to Brain Disease

Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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Sleeping Away Infection: Penn Researchers Find Link between Sleep and Immune Function in Fruitflies

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When we get sick it feels natural to try to hasten our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. Researchers found that this response has a definite purpose, in fruitflies: enhancing immune system response and recovery to infection.

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Society for Women’s Health Research Highlights Women’s Sleep Health at Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®), the leading voice on the study of the biological differences between women and men, will present a poster on “Exploring Sex and Gender Differences in Sleep” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) on April 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Connecting Sleep Deficits in Young Fruitflies to Disruption in Mating Later in Life

Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. Lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well – make more flies.

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Osteoporosis Risk Heightened Among Sleep Apnea Patients

A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Memory Accuracy and Strength Can Be Manipulated During Sleep

The sense of smell might seem intuitive, almost something you take for granted. But researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center have found that memory of specific odors depends on the ability of the brain to learn, process and recall accurately and effectively during slow-wave sleep — a deep sleep characterized by slow brain waves.

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Night Owls, Unlike Early Birds, Tend to Be Unmarried Risk-Takers

Women who are night owls share the same high propensity for risk-taking as men, according to a recent study by a University of Chicago professor.

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Fruitfly Study: Epilepsy Drug Target Implications for Sleep Disruption in Brain Disorders

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A study using the mutant fruitfly sleepless confirmed that the enzyme GABA transaminase, a target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss. The findings shed light on mechanisms that may be shared between sleep disruption and some neurological disorders.

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Nighttime Light Exposure Suspected Factor in Soaring Obesity Rate

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