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Sleep Apnea

How sleep and hormones affect cancer risk

Sleep is vital to one's health and well being. It has been implicated that loss of sleep can directly affect the immune system and increase the risk of various cancers. The immune and hormonal systems communication seems to be a key factor in preventing cancer cells from dividing beyond the immune system's ability to keep them in check. Melatonin and cortisol are two of the most important hormones in preventing cancer. When these hormones are balanced, the risk of cancer and the rate of its progression can be reduced.

Researcher Investigates Link Between Sleep Apnea and Mental Decline

More than half of people with Alzheimer’s disease also suffer from some form of sleep apnea, a condition in which a person pauses in breathing during sleep. Nationally renowned sleep and geriatric researcher Kathy Richards is trying to figure out the connection.

Study Links Sleep Apnea with Risk of Blood Clots

Tue May 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults who suffer from a sleep disorder marked by breathing problems may be at risk of blood clots, preliminary study findings suggest.

According to the report of 68 men and women aged 60 to 65 with blood clots, 63% suffered from moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), and nearly one-fifth showed signs of the disorder.