Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems

On April 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Modifiable work factors could be targets for interventions to improve sleep. A new study found that specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences. Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict…

Largest-ever study of cornea condition reveals hidden risk factors

On January 14, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Keratoconus — which makes eye cone-shaped — associated with African American and Latino heritage, asthma, sleep apnea, Down syndrome. A large new study reveals previously unknown risk factors associated with an eye condition that causes serious progressive nearsightedness at a relatively young age. The findings, made through the…

New risk score identifies link between lifestyle risk factors and mortality

On December 9, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new lifestyle risk score based on six health behaviors identified two new risk factors (sedentary behavior and sleep) that can be used in addition to traditional risk factors, such as smoking and excessive alcohol use to predict risk of mortality. These findings by Ding Ding and colleagues from…

Sleep environment 1 of several factors behind reduction in sudden infant death syndrome

Study suggests links to broader trends beyond Back-to-Sleep campaign for safe infant sleep. While the successful public health campaign to improve infant sleep environments has long been associated with declines in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an analysis of 30 years of data by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital…

Certain factors may help identify patients for surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea

Patients with more severe obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to receive greater benefit from the surgical procedure known as maxillomandibular advancement, according to a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) is an invasive yet potentially effective surgical option in the…

Crash risk: Lifestyle, occupational factors that may put truck drivers in danger

On October 23, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Truck drivers who are frequently fatigued after work, use cell phones while driving, or have an elevated pulse pressure – a potential predictor of cardiovascular disease – may be at increased risk for getting into truck accidents, according to a study by the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental…

Twin study suggests genetic factors contribute to insomnia in adults

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study of twins suggests that insomnia in adults is partially explained by genetic factors, and this heritability is higher in females than in males. Results show that the genetic influences on insomnia symptoms in adults were substantial and largely stable over time while differing significantly by…