Insomnia identified as a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes in new study which also confirms many other risk and protective factors

A new study identifies insomnia as a risk factor associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study identifies 34 risk factors that are thought to increase (19) or decrease risk (15), as well as a further 21 ‘suggestive’ risk factors…

COVID-19 patients suffer long-term lung and heart damage but it can improve with time

Two studies on COVID-19 show that coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time (findings from first, prospective follow-up of COVID-19 patients); and that the sooner COVID-19 patients started a pulmonary rehabilitation programme after…

Bronchitis as a child predicts worse lung health in middle age

People who had bronchitis at least once before the age of seven are more likely to develop lung problems in later life, according to new research. However, the lung diseases they suffer from by the age of 53 were usually asthma and pneumonia rather…

Links among poor sleep, high blood pressure, gut microbiome discovered

Researchers have found associations among disrupted sleep, elevated blood pressure and changes in the gut microbiome. The research aimed to determine whether a 28-day period of disrupted sleep changed the microbiota in rats. The researchers also sought to identify biological features associated with undesirable…

RethiNKing which immune cells are the best weapon against lung cancer

Immune cells called ‘natural killer’ (NK) cells could be a powerful weapon for fighting lung cancer, according to researchers. Studying preclinical and patient samples of small cell lung cancer (SCLC), the team revealed that NK cells – but not T cells – are essential…

Study finds that sleep restriction amplifies anger

Feeling angry these days? New research suggests that a good night of sleep may be just what you need.

Vaccines against respiratory infections linked to fewer heart failure deaths

Influenza and pneumonia vaccinations are associated with fewer hospital deaths in patients with heart failure. That’s the result of a study in nearly 3 million Americans. One out of five individuals will develop heart failure in their lifetime. An estimated 26 million people are…

American Academy of Sleep Medicine calls for elimination of daylight saving time

Public health and safety would benefit from eliminating daylight saving time, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Study finds ‘nomophobia’ is associated with poor sleep health in college students

A new study found that the fear of being out of mobile phone contact — ‘nomophobia’ — is extremely common among college students and is associated with poor sleep health.

Study examines link between sperm quality and light from devices at night

Men might want to think twice before reaching for their smartphone at night. A new study found correlations between electronic media use at night and poor sperm quality.