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Sleep Apnea Can Affect the Autonomic Nervous System

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A review of data from 71 studies suggests that obstructive sleep apnea can affect autonomic nervous system functions related to relaxation, digestion, stress response, and heart rate. The authors of the review speculate this may be the mechanism by which sleep apnea increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. Sleep Medicine Reviews, March 2021

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Secondhand Smoke Puts Kids at Risk for Hospitalization

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New research suggests that children from smoking households are more likely to visit an urgent care center or be admitted to a hospital than kids from smoke-free homes. Lead author Dr. Ashley Merianos notes, “Despite major progress in tobacco control, about four in ten children remain exposed to tobacco smoke… This exposure places developing children at higher risk for many health problems, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.” PLOS ONE, March 2021

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Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Low Vitamin D?

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Painful peripheral neuropathy is a common long-term complication in patients with type 2 diabetes. An analysis of blood samples from 483 type 2 diabetics revealed that those with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy were three times more likely to have severe vitamin D deficiency, leading researchers to suggest that low vitamin D status may be a risk factor for the condition. Frontiers in Nutrition, March 2021

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Lack of Sleep Raises Dementia Risk

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Using data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study, researchers estimate that older adults who sleep five or fewer hours a night are two times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia or die in the following five years than participants who sleep an average of seven to eight hours a night. Aging, February 2021

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Chronic Heartburn Increased Risk for Some Cancers

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the stomach contents, especially acid, leak into the esophagus. In a review of data concerning a half-million middle aged and older adults, those with GERD had nearly a two-times increased risk for cancers of the larynx and esophagus. Cancer, February 2021

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