A new study finds sleep apnea dramatically increases the risk for stroke and death. A study of over 1,000 patients found those with obstructive sleep apnea had at least double the risk for stroke and death. Another study found the C-Pap, a popular method for treating sleep apnea, did not extend the lives of heart failure patients with the condition. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests these studies show that sleep apnea is a serious risk factor for stroke, and detection methods need to be improved. Spouses can determine if their significant other has sleep apnea by seeing if they snore heavily at night and are excessively sleepy during the day.
Of course, too much sun exposure can be a bad thing, but a study out of Australia indicates non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin could help prevent some types of skin cancer. The research shows people who used aspirin or non-steroid drugs two or more times a week for at least five years, had a 63% reduced risk of developing squamous cell cancers of the skin. Researchers stress the the best way to prevent skin cancer is to simply use sunscreen and avoid the sun during around the noon hour. Study led by researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
A new study finds students who skip sleep struggle more in school. About 75 students with good grades were monitored in the six week study, and researchers found the students who had less than 8 hours of sleep had trouble recalling material, learning new lessons, completing work and just paying attention. Researchers say the study in the Journal Sleep offers strong proof there is a link between sleep and academic performance.The study also suggested it's up to parents to make sure their kids get the sleep they need, even if it means cutting back on extracurricular activities. In the study, 74 healthy, academically successful students between the 6 and 12 were monitored for 3 weeks. The first week they slept normally, the second two weeks they either went to bed early or much later than the first week. Teachers then evaluated their performance with weekly reports. The teachers did not know which students were lacking sleep each week.