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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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9/11 Linked to Two Heart Disease Culprits: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Mount Sinai researchers have linked high levels of exposure to inhaled particulate matter by first responders at Ground Zero to the risk of obstructed sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both conditions that may impact cardiovascular health.

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Chronic Sleep Disturbance Could Trigger Onset of Alzheimer’s

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A new pre-clinical study by researchers at Temple University found that people who experience chronic sleep disturbance could face an earlier onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Researchers Identify Gene That Helps Fruit Flies Go to Sleep

In a series of experiments sparked by fruit flies that couldn’t sleep, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified a mutant gene — dubbed “Wide Awake” — that sabotages how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep. The finding also led them to the protein made by a normal copy of the gene that promotes sleep early in the night and properly regulates sleep cycles.

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Daylight Savings Offers No Savings, Poses Health Risks, Expert Says

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